More than 100 potato varieties were selected at the Institute of Potato Farming of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The most promising varieties are those adapted to different cultivation conditions, resistant to biotic and abiotic factors, writes “Agro-Center”.
Scientists note that potato is not just a popular vegetable but also a strategic product for Ukraine. It is one of the most popular dishes on the dinner tables of Ukrainians. People in the villages eat 8.7 kg of potatoes, and people in the city – 4.7 kg. Therefore, scientists believe that selection is extremely important.
The issue of maintaining the sowing and varietal properties of potatoes in the process of reproduction of the seed material is one of the most urgent ones. The most promising new varieties are Knyahynya, Myroslava, Sluch, Solokha, Khortytsya, and Fotiniya.
According to experts, in order for potato industry in Ukraine to develop further and provide 100% market demand, potato farming has to move from private sector to large specialized farms.