22 июля в ООО «Агросфера» — крупном нижегородском хозяйстве, специализирующемся на производстве высококачественного семенного и столового картофеля, прошел традиционный летний День поля. Этот праздник, организованный хозяйством совместно с известной семеноводческой компанией HZPC Sadokas, объединил ведущих картофелеводов региона.
The exchange of experience is what gives us all an incentive to develop. We are ready to show what results we have achieved, and we will be glad if you share your victories, ”said the director of the Agrosfera Mikhail Belyaev with such words.
A bit of history
The farm "Agrosfera" was organized in 2008. It all started with 50 hectares of land leased in the Bogorodsky district. Initially, the management of the enterprise pursued two goals: to put into practice modern foreign agricultural technologies (using European seeds, equipment, plant protection products, fertilizers, etc.) and to obtain a sufficient amount of table potatoes suitable for washing and delivery to retail chains. In order to realize the future specialists planned for the team, they invited people who were energetic and open to new ideas - senior students of the Nizhny Novgorod Agricultural Academy. The most enthusiastic of them have linked their lives with Agrosphere for a long time and today make up the backbone of the team.
In 2009, the economy expanded, acquiring land in the Dalnekonstantinovsky district (along with the infrastructure of the former collective farm). The collective farm “inheritance” was not very rich, but after a partial reconstruction, the old garage was turned into a reliable potato storage, and the dining room into a convenient office building (in which there was a place for catering for workers).
Fields overgrown with birch trees were plowed (German equipment had to be modified on the ground, according to the instructions it was adapted only to deal with large weeds), and work began. This is not to say that everything turned out easily. The drought of 2010 left the farm almost without a crop. The repaired vault stood empty that year. But Agrosphere did not give up, and today it really has something to be proud of.
Elena Karpacheva, and about. Heads of the Administration of the Dalnekonstantinovsky District of the Nizhny Novgorod Region:
“I always come to Agrosphere with pleasure.” Here is a cool team of specialists, a powerful manufacturing base. The seed potatoes that are grown in these fields are snapped up throughout the region and far beyond. The farm provides residents of the district with jobs and high salaries. I sincerely wish them only good weather, they will achieve the rest!
The variety of varieties varies each year, taking into account market requirements and performance in these specific conditions. In the list of permanent "favorites" - Colette (produced for the southern regions), Vineta (for cultivation without irrigation) and Gelli (a variety that in Germany is called the magic "New Year tree" - always flowering and abundantly bearing) from Europlant; yielding premium Chery and Maestro from Germicopa.
Victor Astakhov, директор по продажам HZPC Sadokas:
- Our company has concluded contracts for the production of seed potatoes in different regions of Russia, with different farms.
And we carefully monitor how our partners work. The results of the "Agrosphere" at the moment we consider very worthy.
Jaakko Rakho, CEO HZPC Sadokas:
- Today we saw how well organized the work in the "Agrosphere" is. I can assess this from a professional point of view - I have been engaged in farm work for 20 years. It is already evident that a good harvest is expected in the farm. It was very pleasant to visit the farm, and not only because our seed potatoes are grown here.
Oleg Murzov, LLC Agrofirma Razdolie, Penza Region:
- This year, our farm purchased seed potatoes from Agrosfera LLC, and we are very pleased with the result, plan a new purchase, and at the Field Day we looked with pleasure under the conditions in which our future seeds grow.
В 2014 году к ним добавились также очень популярный Ред Скарлетт и набирающие обороты успеха Инноватор и Коломба от HZPC Sadokas.
Кроме того, с HZPC Sadokas заключено соглашение на выращивание семенного материала разных сортов для этой компании.
It is worth noting that Agrosfera also grows potatoes for another well-known Dutch company - Farm Fries, the largest producer of french fries. This company works only with the best farms that cultivate the most valuable varieties of potatoes and grow them in environmentally friendly conditions.
Participants of the event from a professional point of view evaluated the “commercial” appearance of each variety, the quantity and quality of tubers in the nest - we can say, they conducted a “test drive” of all the grown produce, and each one chose what they liked more.
Agrosfera grows seed material of the first reproduction, but in the future has the potential to switch to elite production.
Agrosfera LLC is going to turn Field Day into an annual holiday, which already invites everyone who is interested in the development of the potato industry.
Gennady Gabunia, General Director of the Lindovsky breeding farm:
- “Agrosphere” is one of the most “advanced”, progressive farms in the region. Here, work is well established, not only table potatoes are grown, but also seed potatoes, which means that one of the most pressing issues for domestic potato growing is being addressed. It was very interesting and useful to visit.