“Last year, on an area of 280 thousand hectares, we harvested about 6,8-7 million tons of potatoes. This year, according to our forecasts, 7,2-7,5 million tons of crops should be harvested,” he said. As stated in the message of the portal, about the same amount is collected in household plots.
Krasilnikov noted that in recent years, with the help of the Ministry of Agriculture and the government, farmers have increased the volume of modern potato and vegetable stores. They allow you to maximize the shelf life, respecting the quality of products.
“The country needs 12-15 million tons of potatoes a year for food. In addition, there is still a need for seed potatoes. Our imports are no more than half a million tons. We are the most prosperous country in terms of potatoes and occupy the third position in the world in terms of gross harvest,” Krasilnikov explained.