Such a good season for potato growers in Ukraine occurs every 4-5 years – a farmer


Such a good season for potato growers in Ukraine occurs every 4-5 years – a farmer

06/04/2020

In the new season, the population will significantly expand the area and volume of potato production.

During the webinar “Prospects for the fruit and vegetable season-2020/21 in Ukraine”, organized by the APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits project, Mykola Gordiychuk, Director of Agrico Ukraine LLC, expressed satisfaction with the 2019/20 season, noting that such a good the season falls no more than once every 4-5 years in Ukraine.

I agree with him and Alexander Khorev, head of the APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits project. In his speech, he noted that all the potato growers interviewed by analysts are happy with the 2019/20 season. The media helped to drive hype about the potential decline in potato production in 2019 in Ukraine, so prices were high, which triggered imports. According to analysts, about 500 thousand tons of potatoes were imported during the season.

Speaking about the prospects of the potato market in the 2020/21 season, Nikolai Gordiychuk noted many difficulties, but expressed cautious optimism about the harvest. He also said that he was talking only about professional potato growers growing it on an industrial scale.

“Now there are problems – it’s cold, so in some fields there is a poor germination of potatoes, diseases are spreading, it is impossible to go into the field and fight weeds. Therefore, this season begins with serious difficulties. But, anyway, we have everything to get a good potato crop this year. We also see no reason for potato prices to be high in the new season, ”says Gordiychuk.
According to analysts of the APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits project, in the new season the population will also significantly expand the area and volume of potato production. And this, they said, could affect the state of the potato market in Ukraine.

According to Nikolai Gordiychuk, last season also taught farmers to be more careful about the choice of varieties. Supermarkets began to pay more attention to quality than ever before. Therefore, it is now very important to have contracts with supermarket chains for the sale of potatoes. He also drew attention to the growing role of processors.

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“During quarantine in Ukraine, sales of potato chips increased, so the demand of chips manufacturers for raw materials, that is, potatoes, also increased. Unfortunately, our potato sales are limited by the domestic market, since the EU market for Ukraine is closed for quarantine reasons, Russia is closed due to a complete ban on food supplies, and Belarus constantly introduces new rules that are difficult to keep up with, ”said Nikolai.

The potato grower also noted that there are even potatoes from the Netherlands and other EU countries on the Ukrainian market that are of high quality. At the same time, potatoes are affordable because they sell them very cheaply. After all, the closure of restaurants and hotels in quarantine forced the production of french fries, and huge residues of raw materials were formed. And this potato is entering the Ukrainian market now.

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