The Ministry of Agriculture of the Irkutsk Region initiated the creation of a center for potato breeding and seed production.
According to the press service of the regional government, on March 29, 2018, an agreement was signed on the organization of a selection center between the All-Russian Potato Farm Research Institute named after A.G. Lorha, a branch of the FSBI "Rosselkhoztsentr" in the Irkutsk region, Irkutsk State Agrarian University named after A.A. Ezhevsky. The main task of the center will be the creation and accelerated propagation of potato varieties zoned in the Irkutsk region that best meet the soil and climatic conditions of the region.
Breeding work will be carried out on the basis of the innovation center "Breeding Genetic Center" of the Irkutsk State Agrarian University and the breeding department of the Irkutsk Research Institute of Agriculture. Seed-growing work will be conducted on the basis of the farm of Leonid Kichigin (Usolsky District) and LLC AgroSmolenskoye (Irkutsk District).
“The work of the seed-breeding center will help resolve the issue of import substitution of potato seeds, protect the region from quarantine objects, and provide the population with high-quality products,” said Nikolai Dmitriev, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Irkutsk Region.
A source: http://baikal-info.ru