The Ministry of Agriculture of Russia at the site of the RGAU - Moscow Agricultural Academy. K.A. Timiryazev held a presentation of potatoes of domestic selection "I have my own: science solutions for the potato business" for representatives of retail chains. The event was attended by First Deputy Minister of Agriculture Oksana Lut, breeders, representatives of industry unions and retailers: METRO Russia, AUCHAN Retail Russia, Pyaterochka, Magnit, Dixy and others.
For the presentation, 19 varieties of potatoes were selected, created within the framework of the Federal Scientific and Technical Program for the Development of Agriculture. Each variety of potatoes was presented in raw and cooked form: boiled potatoes, french fries and chips, baked, as well as vacuum-packed potatoes.
“Today, the development of domestic selection is a key condition for ensuring the country's food security. In 2022, a number of leading research centers will be transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture, which will bring scientific work closer to the real needs of business and the end consumer,” said Oksana Lut. — The Ministry of Agriculture of Russia is carrying out comprehensive work aimed at the development of Russian selection. In particular, from 2023, the subsidy will be increased from 20% to 50% to reimburse direct costs incurred for the creation or modernization of breeding and seed centers.”
During the tasting, the experts were asked to evaluate the taste of potatoes of each variety, the ability of tubers to boil, friability, color and structure of tubers. The best domestic potato varieties were awarded with special diplomas. According to the participants of the event, in terms of taste characteristics, domestic potatoes are in no way inferior to foreign varieties of potatoes, and the Russian consumer will appreciate its quality.