BENGUET Governor Nestor Fongwan is urging the Benguet State University to do more research on agriculture to help the province break into the world market.

Fongwan, who spoke at the university’s 99th foundation day celebration, lauded the university for being an integral part of the development of the province.

He cited the BSU research on the “Igorota” potato variety, saying it is a dream of the province to be able to sell it to major food chains that offer French fries.

BSU is known all over the country for its organic market that sells fresh produce from local farms. The market was created to boost awareness and encourage more people to be involved in organic farming.

The provincial government hopes new potato varieties from Canada can be grown in Benguet.

The Cherokee, Sifra, Calwhite and Canestoga potatoes can pass the stringent specifications of Liwayway Marketing Corporation, the maker of Oishi chips, and those of Jollibee and McDonald’s as well.