This year there is an increased demand for seed potatoes in the Russian Federation. Many seed farms began to conclude contracts for the sale of crops even before the start of the harvest. By the middle of autumn, there was practically nothing to sell.
Experts claim that the main reason for this situation is a decrease in supply on the market. Almost all regions of the country suffered to some extent from unfavorable weather conditions and the potato harvest was less than planned, including for seed producers. A decrease in collection volumes was noted in the territories of Central Russia, the Volga region, the Urals and Siberia.
Alexander Kuznetsov, executive director of the Ustyuzhenskiy potato SSSK (a cooperative of farms in the Vologda region is engaged in the cultivation of seed and table potatoes): “People had to look for new suppliers, since the previous ones could not offer seeds in the required volume and / or the required quality this season. By October, we had sold almost the entire volume of early varieties in demand in the southern regions. "
However, Russian seed potatoes cannot be called cheap this season either. "Last year we sold the first reproduction at 30 rubles / kg, and the "elite" - at 35 rubles / kg, - Alexander Kuznetsov recalls. “In this - at 45 and 60 rubles / kg, respectively, and all popular varieties go "in flight".