The Governor of the Novgorod Region Andrei Nikitin visited the fields of the peasant farm of the farmer Denis Pavlyuk.
Since 2016, Denis Pavlyuk has been producing healthy potato seeds on a virus-free basis.
“We will plant this potato now,” says the farmer, “and next year we will sell it to our colleagues throughout Russia. It will be "three K", as I call it: from Kaliningrad - to Krasnodar and to Krasnoyarsk. "
“Kamchatka should be,” adds Andrey Nikitin. Denis Pavlyuk explains: "This is not yet, because there are no processing plants in Kamchatka yet." The head of the region was shown how the process of growing potatoes from a test tube takes place. From the outside it looks very elegant: the test tube is essentially a mini-garden with a sprout. Each small leaf is then given a sterile pot and placed in an equally sterile greenhouse space.
The miniature stalk is barely visible from the ground, but after two months it will harvest, as if we planted fist-sized potatoes grown in the field. It has an indisputable advantage: grown in an ideal nutrient and sterile environment, it is completely free from infections, which means it gives an ideal planting material, which has other advantages.
Among the main quality characteristics of meristem potatoes are high yield, excellent taste and excellent presentation.
“Each such test tube will create a gross regional product of one million rubles. Marketable potatoes from this test tube can be sold for a million rubles in six years. Seed for 200, ”says Denis Pavlyuk.
Although it will not be possible to obtain the expected result earlier than in six years, the peasant economy, seeing the prospects for the development of the industry, is ready to wait. Moreover, there is support at the regional level.
“There is a program, it works. We receive payments every year. Even in the past year - the coronavirus, difficult - there was still support in this area. You see, it works, we are developing, and the volumes are growing every year, ”says the farmer.
According to Governor Andrei Nikitin, through such high-tech projects people will be able to create their own future and make a normal living. And in this sense, living in a city like Veliky Novgorod is much more comfortable.
Already today, not only Russian fast food chains, but also foreign partners prefer the potatoes of a Novgorod farmer as raw materials instead of those brought from Poland and Germany. And Denis Pavlyuk's plans include the development of new territories and the development of new sales markets.