The Government of Ukraine plans to adopt a potato development program by the end of 2020. This was discussed during the opening meeting of the working group on the development of potato and vegetable growing industries, according to a news report published by Agroportal.
“The development of such an important area for the agro-industrial complex as potato growing and vegetable growing in general requires the synergy of the efforts of the Ministry of Economy and specialized associations. Consequently, our working group begins work on development programs for these industries with the goal of eliminating import dependence on certain commodity items, increasing exports, creating additional jobs and increasing the production of value-added products, ”said Taras Vysotsky, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture.
Thus, those present got acquainted with the program for the development of industrial potato growing, developed by the Ukrainian Association of Potato Producers. The goal of the program is to ensure the production in Ukraine of 800 thousand tons of potatoes per year for consumption by the population, to provide a sufficient amount of raw materials for processing and production of value-added products – starch, chips, mashed potatoes, French fries, and it is also planned to build storage facilities.
“The implementation of the program is envisaged, inter alia, through the attraction of state support, in particular, compensation for the cost of certified seeds, compensation for irrigation equipment, etc. Among the expected effects are an increase in the area under production by 40 thousand ha, creation of at least 10 thousand additional jobs, an increase in tax revenues to the budget by UAH 52 million annually, the production of domestic certified seeds, saturation of the domestic market and an increase in potato exports.
According to Taras Vysotsky, the program will be worked out by the participants of the working group for two weeks and discussed at the next working meeting on August 4.