Alexander Nacharov, Regional Representative for the Volga Region,
In the Samara region today, more than 500 agricultural enterprises of various forms of ownership and about 2000 peasant (farmer) farms are successfully operating. A significant part of them specializes in the production of crop products: growing grain, oilseeds, fodder crops and, of course, potatoes.
Speaking about the peculiarities of the region, it is worth noting that potatoes are cultivated here mainly in irrigated areas. Currently, a significant part of agricultural producers uses outdated watering machines with a high level of energy consumption. But the situation is gradually changing: in 2017, more than 340 million rubles were invested in the reconstruction and construction of new reclamation systems in the region. Due to this, 1,2 thousand hectares of irrigated land were commissioned.
Leadership in the field of potato is held by several large farms in the region.
LLC "VEGA" is an agricultural enterprise of a new type, created on the basis of the state farm "Bolshevik" in 1991. Director of the enterprise - Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Laschenko.
Today, the farm cultivates about 8 thousand hectares of land.
From the first days of operation, the company took a course towards intensive development; high results were achieved thanks to the introduction of advanced European technologies for cultivating seed and ware potatoes, as well as vegetables.
In addition to the Samara region, farm products are also supplied year-round to neighboring regions: the Ulyanovsk, Penza, and Saratov regions.
Among the regular consumers are kindergartens, schools, hospitals, military units.
The company relies on modern high-performance agricultural machinery. Tractors of the John Deere and Claas brand work in the fields; potato harvesters, tillage and planting machines of the company GRIMME.
The farm has several modern vegetable storages where it successfully uses GRIMME storage equipment (the complexes are equipped with receiving bins RH-24-60 for cleaning potatoes from impurities and dividing into seed and market potatoes; conveyor lines with a SL-125 shale stacker).
CJSC SAMARA-SOLANA is a Russian-German joint venture. The CEO of the company is Torsten Mar.
In 1995, the company began growing potatoes of high reproductions on the fields of the Lunacharsky farm in the Stavropol region. As soon as possible, she won the title of one of the leaders in the seed industry in Russia.
The farm is located on the left bank of the Zhiguli reservoir, these places are famous for their unique climatic conditions and fertile chernozem soils. The company implements a two-year cycle of seed production (starting with the super-super-elite).
Of paramount importance for the operation of the seed farm are two key technological operations: high-quality planting and gentle cleaning. To carry out the first, the company uses reliable and accurate planters GL 34T and GL 34T Combi (GRIMME). The second success is guaranteed by the combines of the SE 150-60 series and the self-propelled combine SF 150-60.
SCORPION LLC is a part of the Samara Vegetables Group of Companies. Leaders: Vladimir Gavrilovich and Anton Vladimirovich Denisov.
The company was founded in 1998. Today it is one of the largest producers of potatoes and vegetables, not only in the Samara region, but also in Russia.
Initially, the farm was engaged in the cultivation of grain and industrial crops, but gradually changed its profile: the niche of vegetable growing after the closure of collective farms and state farms in the region remained practically free, in addition, the land reclamation system was maintained in the Bezenchuksky district, so that the conditions for the development of the vegetable growing enterprise were favorable.
Today, 1350 hectares are allocated for growing potatoes on the farm, and 1470 hectares for vegetables. LLC "Scorpion" produces onions, beets, carrots, cabbage, radishes, turnips, Jerusalem artichoke.
The enterprise has three production bases for storage and pre-sale preparation of products - in the town of Bezenchuk, the villages of Pesochnoe and Olgino. Shipping potatoes to customers annually begins in mid-July (as soon as the first lots of fresh harvest arrive) and continues until June 1 of the next year.
The company has built modern vegetable stores with a capacity of more than 100 thousand tons. The complexes are equipped with refrigeration sections for potatoes and carrots (this allows you to store crops until the summer of next year). About half of the output remains in the Samara region. Three bases employ about 600 people.
On August 2, International PotatoRussia Field Day 2019 will be held on the basis of Scorpion LLC.
KFH TSIRULEVA specializes in the cultivation of potatoes, vegetables, soybeans and grain crops. The area of arable land in agricultural turnover is more than 7 thousand hectares. The head of the enterprise is Evgeny Pavlovich Tsirulev.
The farm is one of the most high-tech enterprises in the region. The Tsiruleva farm is the only private farm in the region that has created its own research laboratory. Here they are engaged in the development of chemical and biological methods of protecting plants and soil from viruses and bacteria, growing minitubers and microplants of potatoes, making microbiological preparations, investigating the chemical composition of the soil and making forecasts for the introduction of agrochemical preparations into it with timely treatments.
KFH Tsiruleva has been successfully cooperating with large retail chains, both local and federal, for many years. The secret of success lies not only in the high quality of products, but also in the competent organization of work. The farm has a modern high-performance complex for the pre-sale preparation of potatoes and vegetables: products are sorted, washed and packaged. In addition, the enterprise has large storage areas (total storage capacity - 28,6 thousand tons), its own car park.
Today, the potato industry in the Samara region is in crisis: wholesale prices for table potatoes for several years in a row remain at a low level, which cannot but affect the economy of agricultural enterprises. Nevertheless, many farms that use modern intensive technologies, have a powerful production base (equipped with specialized high-performance equipment), use the best achievements of world breeders in their work, maintain their market position. The region largely provides for its potato needs. Of course, the Samara region has great potential for development and can achieve much greater success. We are sure that the conditions for the realization of this potential will surely come in the near future and are ready to contribute to improving the efficiency of agricultural enterprises, providing them with the most effective tools for work.
We wish all potato growers a successful season and excellent harvests!