Press-release Ukrainian Potato Day 2021

Ukrainian Potato Day will be held on August 26-27, 2021, collocated with the 1st Irrigation Show & Conference   

Ukrainian Potato Day, with a catchy subtitle “Potato Blockchain”, goes ahead on August 26-27, 2021 in Chulakivka, Kherson Region. It is the only specialized event for potato production in Ukraine organized in close cooperation between the Ukrainian Association of Potato Producers and DLG Ukraine LLC.

After the successful launch with about 600 participants in 2020 despite all the challenges presented by COVID-19 Ukrainian Potato Day is moving to the South of Ukraine and expands to a two-day event. This year Ukrainian Potato Day is warmly hosted by experienced potato farm FG Adelaida, cultivating about 3 thousand ha under irrigation in Kherson Region and 8 thousand ha in Zhytomyr Region.

“Featuring trial fields with over 60 potato varieties from leading international and national breeders, innovative growing schemes, live machinery demonstrations Ukrainian Potato Day is offering an excellent business platform for farmers, input suppliers as well as wholesale buyers and food processors”, explains Managing Director of DLG Ukraine LLC, Yuliya Bondarenko. “The special feature is a high-level irrigation conference and show on the second day. A special seminar panel with the buyers from processing companies and retails chains will be a new highlight for the growers. Altogether with over 60 exhibitors, we anticipate 700 trade visitors from all over Ukraine.”

With over 1,4 million ha and 20,2 million t potato harvested Ukraine belongs to the top-5 biggest potato producers in the world. However, only 1,8 % of the total production output is harvested by farmers on 67 thousand ha. The rest is grown by the households (2020). The average yield in professional potato farms in 2020 is 36 t/ha, in the households – 14,7 t/ha (in 2019 – 42 t/ha and 17,6 t/ha respectively). The decreased yields are related to drought conditions.

“With improved management and technologies Ukraine could increase its yields to serve domestic demand for high-quality potatoes, especially for processed products, and eventually develop exports”, says Executive Director of the Ukrainian Association of Potato Producers, Oksana Ruzhenkova. “Through the special governmental program potato growing in Ukraine is to receive additional benefits and subsidies for certified seeds, machinery and equipment for irrigation and post-harvest handling and storage in 2021 – 2025. This generates new opportunities for farmers and input suppliers”.

For more information on Ukraine Potato Day and potato industry please contact: y.bondarenko@dlg.org

 

Additional information:

Ukrainian Association of Potato Producers was founded in 2010. It unites more than 50 member companies representing potato growers and related industries. The mission of the association is to increase economic efficiency and competitiveness of its members through regular experience and knowledge exchange and coordination of business operations.

Official homepage: http//potatoclub.com.ua

DLG Ukraine is a subsidiary of DLG – German Agricultural Society, one of the leading international association in the agri-food sector. DLG organizes worldwide number one exhibitions for agricultural machinery and animal farming, AGRITECHNICA and EuroTier. It also organizes events for potato growing, PotatoEurope, in Germany and the Netherlands as well as a number of national potato days in different countries.

Official homepage: www.dlg-ukraine.org, www.dlg.org

FG Adelaida

FG Adelaida was founded in 1992 and operates 3.000 ha in Kherson Region and 5.500 ha in Zhytomyr Region. The farm produces potato, winter wheat, rye, rapeseed, sunflower, mustard, soybean and corn. FG Adelaida is specialized in growing potato varieties for chips for well-known international food companies.

Official homepage: www.adelaidaua.com

25.05.2021

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