Growing potatoes is an important area of work for many agricultural enterprises of the Republic of Tatarstan.
"Agrofirma Kyrlay", Arsky district
The area under potatoes is more than 1150 ha
General Director: Marat Karimov
The company produces about a third of the total volume of table potatoes received in the industrial sector of the republic. The annual harvest averages 30-35 thousand tons of products. The enterprise is also a major producer of table beets, carrots, and cabbage.
This season, the area under potatoes and vegetables is planned to be increased by 10%.
The process of planting, cultivating, harvesting potatoes is fully mechanized. Potatoes are grown mainly on irrigation, the average yield is 35–40 t/ha.
The resulting crop is placed in potato storage facilities (total storage capacity - 35 thousand tons). An automated storage and ventilation system allows you to keep the harvest until spring, there are washing and packaging lines.
The agricultural firm is also engaged in the production of seed potatoes (for its own use): it purchases seed potatoes of high reproductions of promising foreign and domestic varieties and propagates them for commercial planting.
The company sells table potatoes through retail chains (Edelweiss), agricultural fairs, and also supplies wholesale to customers in Kazan, Ulyanovsk, Samara, Naberezhnye Chelny, St. Petersburg.
KFH Davletov, Menzelinsky district
Area under potatoes - 210 ha
Head of KFH: Nasim Davletov
The history of the economy began in 1996, when the brothers Ravil, Sharifzyan and Nasim Davletov took a land plot of 50 hectares from the regional land committee and planted potatoes.
Today, the farm has 620 hectares at its disposal, of which 400 are owned, all the land is 100% irrigated.
The enterprise produces potatoes, cereals, as well as vegetables: onions, carrots, cabbage, beets, 2022 hectares are allocated for them in 90. It was planned to increase the area for planting vegetables, but due to sanctions, it was not possible to equip the new greenhouses intended for growing cabbage seedlings with the necessary equipment on time. So far, the planting of early varieties of the crop had to be abandoned.
The farm grows table potato varieties of German, Dutch and Russian selection. By this season, part of the seeds were purchased from Doka - Gene Technologies and FRC Potato named after. A.G. Lorch.
The resulting crop mainly goes to the shelves of stores in Naberezhnye Chelny (the farm cooperates with retail chains: X5, Magnit, Chelny-Khleb).
In 2022, the enterprise is going to test its capabilities in the cultivation of potato chips for the first time. We are talking about a trial landing, but the head of the KFH, Nasim Davletov, considers this direction promising.
The company pays great attention to technical equipment: the farm's machine park already has two GRIMME potato harvesters, and a VARITRON 470 self-propelled harvester is due to arrive in July.
Five vegetable stores are used to store products, including a modern complex for carrots and cabbage, equipped with a climate control system.
SOVATEH LLC, Vysokogorsky district
The area under potatoes is more than 200 ha
Director: Iskander Khakimullin
The company is engaged in the cultivation of cereals, oilseeds and vegetables.
It has the status of a potato seed farm. “Cultivation of potato seed material (from greenhouse mini-tubers to elite) is a priority in our work,” emphasizes Iskander Khakimullin.
The enterprise is engaged in the production of well-known varieties (Red Scarlett, Gala, Riviera, Colette, Nevsky), and a small area is allocated for varieties created by breeders of the TatNIISKh FRC KazSC RAS.
All potatoes are grown under irrigation.
The company is successfully mastering precision farming technologies (in particular, it uses an autopilot system when planting potatoes). Every year he tries to update the fleet of equipment. Much attention is paid to the issue of crop rotation. At the moment, the commissioning of a new dam is being completed in the region, which will allow the farm to add three more fields to the crop rotation, and next season the potato planting area will increase by 70 hectares.
The farm's products are in high demand on the market, although this year Iskander Khakimullin notes changes in the geography of deliveries: “Previously, 80% of potato seed grown by SOVATEH LLC was sent to customers in the Krasnodar Territory and the Republic of Kazakhstan. In the current season, the company sold most of the seeds within the republic.”
KFH Minehanov Mintalip Ismagilovich, Tukaevsky district
Area under potatoes - 100 ha
Head of KFH: Mintalip Minehanov
The farm was founded in 2000, until 2007 it was called Agropromkhimtekhservice.
The main direction of the company's work is crop production: the production of marketable and seed potatoes, grain crops, and vegetables.
The head of the farm, Mintalip Minehanov, is an honored worker of agriculture of the Republic of Tatarstan, he holds the post of chairman of the board of the Association of Farmers, Agricultural Consumer Cooperatives and Private Farmsteads of the Tukaevsky District of the Republic of Tatarstan; is the chairman of the board of SPSSK "Edinstvo", an agricultural cooperative for processing vegetables.
The farm annually produces about 1 thousand tons of grain and about 2,5-3 thousand tons of potatoes.
The key crop for the KFH is the potato. The main variety is Gala. “This is the choice of our consumers,” Mintalip Minekhanov explains, “we supply most of the crop to enterprises that use machine cleaning, and for them it is very important that the tubers have shallow eyes. Well, it’s just a very tasty potato.”
The introduction of artificial irrigation and harvesting with the help of a modern potato harvester make it possible to collect up to 30-40 t/ha. Two elevated potato storages are used for crop storage.
The farm is also actively developing the vegetable sector, introducing its own crop production technologies. In order to make the work more efficient, the enterprise purchased a vegetable seeding machine and a carrot and beet harvester. The average yield of table beet is 60 t/ha, carrots - up to 90 t/ha.
The farm supplies a significant part of the grown products (potatoes and vegetables) to Naberezhnye Chelny, mainly to social infrastructure facilities: kindergartens, schools, hospitals. In addition, it sends potatoes and vegetables to schools in Alekseevsky, Nizhnekamsky, Aznakaevsky, Bugulminsky, Leninogorsk districts.
Transportation is carried out on its own: the farm has five KAMAZ vehicles.
In addition, products are sold at agricultural fairs and through retail chains. The farm is equipped with modern lines for sorting and packing products and successfully cooperates with retail chains (including a large network of discounters operating in Tatarstan, Bashkiria, Udmurtia and the Kirov region).