The Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation expects an increase in the production of vegetables in open ground by 2025 compared to 2020 by 25%, potatoes - by 12%, Deputy Director of the Department of Plant Growing, Mechanization, Chemicalization and Plant Protection of the Ministry Artem Korovin said at the Golden Autumn exhibition.
"By 2025, our plans for open field vegetables are to increase production to 6,8 million tons, which is 25% higher than in 2020, and potatoes to 7,6 million tons, which is almost 12% higher than in 2020," said Korovin. He also highlighted the need for modernization in areas such as potato and vegetable growing, paying particular attention to the implementation of reclamation activities and the use of support measures for this purpose.
This year, weather conditions played a negative role for the harvest: sowing began two weeks later, now it is raining during harvesting, although in many regions the situation is already leveling off. Thus, expectations for the current year remain unchanged - about 5,4-5,5 million for open field vegetables and 6,5-6,6 million tons for potatoes in the organized sector, Korovin said.
In the development of horticulture, he continued, the main task is the systematic increase in the volume of commercial production in the organized sector. The profitability of the industry on average over five years is about 20-23%, higher than other crops, and support measures provide for about five billion rubles annually as part of a stimulating subsidy.
"Since 2018, we have crossed the milestone of 1 million tons, we have not gone lower every year, and this year we plan to collect about 1,5 million tons in the organized sector, this is an absolute record," Korovin emphasized, recalling also the plans to reach level 2,2 , 2025 million tons by XNUMX.