One billion rubles - exactly such proceeds from the sale of 200 thousand tons of potatoes of the 2011 season are planned to be received in the Arzamas region. Imagine: if you pick up the potatoes in freight cars, you get a train of forty kilometers in length! Many, to collect the entire crop, even worked in two shifts, using every good day. The weather was wonderful on October 7, when the first regional potato festival was organized by the local administration.
If you go deeper In the history of the development of the potato business in the region, it will be noted that the Arzamas region has the most favorable conditions for the development of this industry. This is facilitated by the climate, and a developed transport network, and the availability of labor resources. Arzamas region produces about 150 thousand tons of potatoes annually.
“For us, potatoes are a food“ safety cushion, ”says Nikolai Trofimov, head of the agricultural department of the Arzamas district administration. - Therefore, we approach the cultivation of this culture with all responsibility.
For example, only one of our districts is able to feed potatoes to the whole of Nizhny Novgorod. And this year they just harvested a record crop. We gradually and persistently moved towards this goal and now we have practically reached our maximum in coverage of areas for planting potatoes. Although, in my opinion, this is not the limit ... "
Indeed, if in the past the Arzamas region was known for excellent onions and geese, now it is also for potatoes. Local tubers are known far beyond the Nizhny Novgorod region, and the village of Vodovatovo is called the capital of Arzamas potato.
“The main thing,” explains Nikolai Trofimov of such popularity, “is to do something better than others. With us it is the production of potatoes. There are undoubtedly many problems and concerns, but we are solving them, trying to apply innovations. So, starting next year, a new project is being launched in the district - primary seed production on a virus-free basis in the farm of LLC Latkin. Equipment has already been purchased, a place has been prepared. In this project, the entire district will participate in the cluster.
As a result, we will receive, on a virus-free basis, high-quality seed material for propagating the most popular varieties on the market.
The second step is to increase the number of potato storages. At the moment, we can (excluding private farms) simultaneously store 105 thousand tons of potatoes, next year it is planned to add another 15 thousand tons to this number. ”
Starting this year, watering began in the region, and in the future this topic will certainly be continued, since watering in the production of potatoes is extremely important. According to long-term observations of weather forecasters, the Arzamas region has already moved into an area with often repeated droughts.
Residents consider one of the advantages of the potato business in the region to be family-friendly in most households. At the festival, one could hear from residents who approached the stands that they were engaged in the cultivation of potatoes by the whole family, and each was responsible for a certain area: someone for selecting seed material, someone for choosing protective equipment, and so on.
Not without pride, the head of the agriculture department of the Arzamas region noted that the continuous development of new technologies and the creation of a storage base so that potatoes are highly profitable and competitive also contribute to the development of the business. And most importantly, there are talented people in the area who go one step ahead of the rest and show everyone in which direction to move. If you do not stand still, constantly grow, develop, then there will certainly be money, and investments, and modern technology, and new homes, and confidence in the future.
But it is ahead. And already at the festival one could try what it tastes like, the potatoes from Vodovatovo. Within the framework of the festival, an exhibition and competition of potato dishes was held with their subsequent tasting. In front of the tables there was a serious stir. Everyone wanted to not only try mouth-watering dishes, but also put their marks.
At the end of the tasting, all the participants were invited to the assembly hall of the House of Culture, where the awarding of participants in the agricultural exhibition and fair and the winners of competitions was held. The holiday ended with the performance of creative groups of the Arzamas region. The first potato festival in the Arzamas region took place! And did not disappoint its participants.
Well, our editorial office, in turn, hopes that such an initiative will be continued next year. And an even greater number of villagers, farmers, potato growers of the Nizhny Novgorod region will be able to take part in this festival.