Belarus to harvest rich crop of potatoes in 2008

According to Marian Rubel, the First Deputy general director on science of the Research and practical centre of potatoes- and fruit-and-vegetable-growing of the National Academy of Science, during 2008, 9 mln tonnes of potatoes will be harvested in Belarus in the farms of all categories, including 1 mln tonnes of potatoes in the public sector, reported AgroBel.

As the deputy general director of the research and practical centre reminded, the share of potato production in the public sector is increasing in order to compensate its reduction in the private farms. "According to the potatoes-growing development program, by 2010 production of potatoes in the public sector will increase by 50 % as compared to the current year, and total 1.58 mln tonnes", he added. Also, the increase of potatoes exports to 600.000 tonnes is intended.

In 2007, gross crop of potatoes throughout the farms of all categories totaled 8.7 mln tonnes.

According to the Ministry of agriculture and food of Belarus, as of September 29, 2008 , the agrarian organizations harvested potatoes throughout 22.200 ha, which is 45.9 % of the plan. 462.300 tonnes of potatoes were harvested with the yield of 208.3 c/ha, which is up 20.8 c/ha as compared with the same date of the last year.



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