At a meeting on spring field work in the Kanevsky district, the issues of import substitution in seed production were discussed.
“Today we are 100% provided with Kuban seeds of wheat and rice, 90% with soybeans. At the same time, now more than ever it is important to reduce dependence on imports of sugar beet, corn, and sunflower. We can only rely on ourselves. A big step has been taken in this direction – more than 240 hectares of beet seed plants have been planted. We plan that this year we will receive 120,000 sowing units. This will make it possible to sow almost half of the area allocated for sugar beets in 2024,” said Veniamin Kondratyev.
Vice-Governor Andrei Korobka said that the farms of the region are provided with seed material.
– Every year, the area sown with elite seeds of higher reproductions is growing. Over the past 5 years, their use has grown by 25%. This direction is subsidized annually. We pay special attention to local selection. This year it is necessary to sow half of the area with domestic seeds of corn and sunflower, – said Andriy Korobka.
Similar work is underway to develop sweet corn seed production. In 2022, we sown several hectares of the Kuban hybrid and already received 2.5 tons of seeds for this year’s harvest. They will be sown on 185 hectares.
According to the head of the department of selection and seed production of wheat and triticale of the National Grain Center named after P.P. Lukyanenko Lyudmila Bespalova, a feature of the Kuban selection is the high yield of varieties.
“We have already secured our independence by wheat seeds. Highly productive varieties give up to 108 centners per hectare. The selection goes on in a continuous cycle. Our varieties are zoned throughout the country and abroad. We can talk about exports,” said Lyudmila Bespalova.
More than 240 hectares of sugar beet seedlings have been planted on the website of Kuban Agrarians