Sakhalin agricultural enterprises have begun mass harvesting of potatoes. Tubers are dug in 17% of the fields - this is 350 hectares out of 2278 sown.
Work began in early September, mainly in the farms of the south of the island, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the region Alexander Yakusha told RIA Sakhalin-Kuril.
The Sakhalin state farm “Teplichny” has already sent half of their second bread to storage. Others have more modest results.
“In total, to date, agricultural enterprises and peasant farms in the region have harvested 8100 tons of potatoes,” said Yakusha. - This is 4700 tons more than on the same date last year. The highest productivity now in Teplichnoye is 300 centners per hectare, Ogonyki peasant farm (Anivsky district) - 278 centners per hectare, Zarechnoye state farm (Tomarinsky district) and Sokolovsky SPK (Dolinsky district) - 250 and 230 centners respectively.
Such results are achieved thanks to the continuous updating of technology. Modern mechanisms help to minimize manual labor on sowing and in the process of caring for crops, greatly increase work efficiency even in difficult Sakhalin summer conditions.
Technical re-equipment has been going on within the framework of the state program to support the agricultural sector and local agricultural producers since 2013. Then the program had the status of a regional long-term, the next year it became a state, divided into specialized subprograms. The funds included in it allow farms and agricultural enterprises to compensate for part of the cost of purchasing field machines and mechanisms.
Since 2013, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture emphasized, 1 billion 200 million rubles have been spent on these purposes from the regional budget. He also noted that this year all the applications received were satisfied, including the recipients of the “Far Eastern hectare”.
In addition to potatoes, agricultural enterprises and peasant farms harvested 1 thousand tons of vegetables - cabbage, beets, early varieties of carrots and greens.
“Sown area this year remained at the level of 2016,” said Yakusha. - We set the task of increasing productivity and gross harvest compared to previous years. I think she can handle us, even despite possible weather surprises.
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