AgroAlliance-NN is a young Nizhny Novgorod agri-business that has been counting its activities since 2018. Specializes in growing seed potatoes.
The cultivation area is so far just over 100 hectares. Yields on the basis of last season - an average of 30 tons / ha. Ahead - plans for the development of infrastructure, the development of modern technologies, the cultivation of promising varieties.
However, we will tell you more about everything.
The farm is located in the south-east of the region, in the Perevozsky urban district, 130 km from Nizhny Novgorod. The area in the region is not considered “potato,” but according to farm manager Dmitry Kabanov, the management team had reasons to opt for this place.
“Today, many seek to plant potatoes everywhere- says Dmitry Kabanov, - but this is wrong: culture still shows good results only under certain conditions. In the Nizhny Novgorod region, the most favorable for growing potatoes are Arzamassky, Shatkovsky, Diveevsky, Gorodetsky and Bogorodsky districts. What are their advantages? Fertile, well-structured soils; accessibility of irrigation, fields with an average area of 70-100 ha. Actually, most of the potato enterprises of the region are located there today; it is difficult to find free land in the neighborhood. At the same time, in each of the districts not included in this list, one or two places can also be identified where there are all the necessary conditions for potato growing».
AgroAlliance-NN just occupies such a platform. At one time in the early 2000s, the territory of Revezen LLC, one of the first large-scale modern potato projects implemented in the Nizhny Novgorod Region, was located on this territory. Specialists selected the lands for that project very carefully and were not mistaken. The experience of AgroAlliance-NN confirms today: the potatoes here are of very good quality.
By the way, after the completion of the Revenzen project, potatoes have not been grown on this site for almost a decade.
In addition, the presence of a source of water for irrigation can be attributed to the pluses of the Perevozsky urban district - the Pyana River flows through the district; lack of problems with “working hands” - there are few operating enterprises, and residents are interested in working; positive attitude of the authorities towards the arrival of new investors.
And all the same factor with which we started this story: the lack of large potato farms in the neighborhood, which allows the seed farm to observe spatial isolation.
There are only nine people in the professional team of AgroAlliance-NN. Each is responsible for his own area of work, on each - a great responsibility for the common cause. “We can’t sit behind someone’s back, as happens in city offices- comments Dmitry Kabanov. - Everything is in sight ”.
The head of the enterprise notes that his employees work all year, and a lot depends on their professionalism, dedication and motivation. At any stage within 12 months you can lose concentration and make a mistake that will affect the final result. What to do to keep the team fighting spirit all season? From the point of view of Dmitry Kabanov, “Specialists need to be praised, worthy to pay them and give rest”, - these are the three main components of success.
In a chain with customers
“We grow early and mid-season potato varieties, - the head of AgroAlliance-NN continues his story, - for agricultural producers from the southern regions, as well as from Central Russia and the Volga region. When choosing a variety, we also take into account the yield and presentation of the product. In other words, we deal with the potato that brings money to both us and our customers, because we are in the same chain. ”
"AgroAlliance-NN" is trying to work with regular customers, on order.
“It is very important for us that our potatoes fall into professional hands, that the harvest is good, people make a profit, and next year they turned to us again for seeds, - Dmitry Kabanov explains his position. - If relations with customers can be built according to this scheme, the company can develop a long-term development strategy ”.
AgroAlliance-NN specialists provide agronomic support to seed buyers, the first consultations begin long before the planting phase. “In winter, we discuss for hours how to prepare the land, how to grow it. In the spring we comment on seedlings, and then for our agronomists departure time begins - says Dmitry Kabanov.- True, this year we had to communicate only remotely for a long time. ”.
In addition to the borders of the regions that were closed in the spring, AgroAlliance-NN has not yet fixed other problems in the current season. But the future raises many questions.
“Now it’s hard for us to understand what will happen after the pandemic- says the head of the company. - How will farmers live - our customers? What kind of potatoes will the inhabitants of the country be able to buy: washed, in packaging, or dirty, in bulk? Where will they buy potatoes - in markets or in supermarkets? "How will the industry as a whole survive the current season and what will happen next?"
Potato consumption in the world is falling, and this is an alarming sign for everyone associated with the potato business.
Although AgroAlliance-NN plans, of course, to continue to build. There is still much to do for the start-up.
“If you want to manage in a modern way, you need to introduce good effective technologies- says Dmitry Kabanov. - In particular, we strive to improve the storage system in our economy, and every year we take some steps to improve in this direction ”.
In the new season, irrigation equipment begins to work on the fields of the enterprise. “Weather conditions are becoming more unpredictable from year to year, - the director of AgroAlliance-NN explains this decision, - And we consider it necessary to protect our potatoes from possible drought ”.
There are other urgent tasks and solutions. “What attracts me to agriculture- says Dmitry Kabanov, - There never comes a moment when you can stop and say that everything is fine. There is always something to do, where to develop, and only those who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves survive. ”
With this position of the leader, the economy has great prospects.
On behalf of the editors, we wish AgroAlliance-NN, as well as all Russian potato growers, excellent weather, good harvest and favorable prices for grown products. Let the new season work out for you as well as possible.