On July 20, in the rural settlement of Starogankino, with the participation of the state support of LLC "Agrostar" in the Pokhvistnevsky district, a laboratory-Potato Breeding Center was put into operation. The head of the district Yu.F. Ryabov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Samara Region E.I. Afanasyev, Chairman of the Union of Potato Growers of the Samara Region V.D. Molyanov, head of the rural settlement Starogankino L.A. Maximov. The event was attended by many guests, representatives of potato growers and breeders of the Samara region.
Guests and officials visited greenhouses, got acquainted with the peculiarities of the breeding process, with varieties of Russian and foreign breeding, cultivation of minitubers in greenhouses and in the field using covering material, production of seed potatoes of high reproductions.
Breeding is a painstaking and lengthy process, breeders can qualitatively, in equipped conditions, breed new varieties of potatoes. To date, the breeders of the laboratory have developed a new variety of potatoes "Julia" - early maturing, fruitful, disease resistant and has excellent taste. Julia potatoes will be offered to growers if the tests are successful.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Samara Region E.I. Afanasyev at the opening of the laboratory noted that the enterprise is taking part in the federal program for the development of selective potatoes.
We hope that the new potato varieties developed by the laboratory - Potato Breeding Center will be appreciated by consumers not only in the Samara region, but also in neighboring regions.