In Yalchik district, early potato harvesting began. The area of the second bread in all farms of the republic is 20 thousand hectares.
Prices for farmers are not encouraging - around 15 rubles per kilogram. What agricultural producers in the regional Ministry of Agriculture think about this, Natalia Egorova will tell.
Natalia Egorova, Ekaterina Fomina, Semyon Antonov
In this agricultural company they are going to dig early potatoes on 40 hectares. The work has just begun, but the yield is already good, ”say farmers. Variety "Impala" gives 250 centners per hectare. Soon, this potato will reach Chuvash consumers. A digger works, but the tubers are harvested by hand so as not to damage - the early ones have a very delicate peel. For harvesting, an agricultural organization attracts local residents.
“We sort large and small, divide by size, teams of 5-7 people sort, two small, the rest large,” says local resident Maria Mikhailova.
“Large potatoes, picking well,” says local resident Vera Chernova.
The main problem voiced today by farmers engaged in the cultivation of the second bread is the price.
“Today, unfortunately,” says Ramil Idiatullin, executive director of the Slava Potato agricultural firm, “the price is not the same as we expected, it was calculated around 20-25 rubles, today it’s slightly lower than planned.
More precisely, while it is 15 rubles per kilogram. The Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic notes: because of the low price, many farmers this year reduced the area for potatoes. The decrease in territories is observed as a whole throughout the country.
- Last year, potatoes in agricultural organizations and farms were at the level of 8 thousand hectares, this year about 6 thousand 400 hectares, decreased in general in all organizations, - said the Minister of Agriculture of Chuvashia Sergey Artamonov.
Another major problem for potato growers is the storage and processing of products. The regional Ministry of Agriculture for its solution proposes to combine the efforts of producers.
- We hope that we will be able to create a large cooperative, subsidize up to 60 percent of costs. And primary processing is carried out: washing, packing, and deep processing: production of chips, french fries. But again, we have to deal with varieties, it is impossible to do it from our varieties, ”emphasizes Minister of Agriculture Sergey Artamonov.
There are farms that do not lose ground. In this agricultural company, for example, the area for potatoes has not been reduced; on the contrary, new warehouses for storage are being built, and promising varieties of domestic and foreign selection are also being grown. They deliver seeds both to Chuvashia and to neighboring regions, and also to neighboring countries. In August, they will start harvesting potatoes - the yield promises to be high - up to 50 tons per hectare.
A source: http://chgtrk.ru/