This year, the seed farms of the Novgorod region produced 443 thousand potato minitubers. This is 1,2 times more than in the past. Primary potato seed production is supported at the regional level: farms receive a subsidy for the production of minitubers. This year, payments on it amounted to 4,4 million rubles. There are five certified seed farms in the region.
The greenhouses contain minitubers of 11 varieties: Aurora, Impala, Riviera, Krepysh, Sineglazka, Red Scarlett, Charoit, Romano, Colomba, Innovator and BP-808. In the next season, the seeds are used to produce the first field generation. This is the first stage in the formation of the seed potato elite and super elite fund.
Primary potato seed production has been developing in the region since 2015. To date, Novgorod farms have increased the production of minitubers seven times compared to 2016.