Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sverdlovsk region farmers harvest more than 600,000 tons of potatoes

The Sverdlovsk region's agricultural companies finished their potato harvesting for the year, producing approximately 625,000 tons of potatoes, according to the regional government.

The region's yield was approximately 26,455 pounds per hectare. While the drought during the summer decreased the figures from last year's yield, the drop was compensated by planting more potatoes on a greater amount of land in the fall, Ural Business Consulting reports.

"The harvesting of potatoes fit within the best agronomical terms, despite the rainy weather this fall," Mikhail Kopytov, the Sverdlovsk region's agriculture and food minister, said, according to Ural Business Consulting. "Our farmers managed to harvest everything before cold weather has set in. Enough potatoes have been harvested to fully meet the local population's needs, provide plenty of those to socially important facilities, and keep the price within reasonable limits, which suits both the customers and the producers."

In 2012, the region's farmers increased their potato planting area by 14.5 percent compared to 2011. Overall, the farmers planted on a total area of 15,500 hectares.

Potato producers in the Sverdlovsk region currently charge a wholesale price of between approximately 25 cents and 34 cents for each kilogram of potatoes, according to Ural Business Consulting.