Potato Cultivation In Tajikistan (2004; Courtesy CIP)
Tajikistan intends to increase potato production and Russia’s Closed Joint-Stock Company (CJSC) Kolnag is ready to provide local farming units with elite and super elite potato seeds.

An official source at the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) says Tajikistan intends to increase annual production of potatoes to 1.5 million tons.

“Current average potato yields in Tajikistan are 2.5 tons/ha while elite and super elite potato seeds will allow increasing potato yields to 10 tons/ha,” said the source. “Tajikistan needs more than 150,000 tons of potato seeds for sowing.”

These issues were a major topic of a meeting of Tajik Minister of Agriculture Qosim Rahbar with Kolnag top manager Aleksey Aldoshkin that took place here at end of last week.

They also discussed issues related to delivery of agricultural machines to Tajikistan and delivery of Tajik early agricultural products to the Russian oblasts of Sverdlovsk and Tyumen.

Kolnag has reportedly supplied special agricultural equipment to Tajikistan in recent years for sowing seed potatoes