The largest processor has presented an ambitious project in the Altai
In the next three years the agricultural holding “Yug Sibiri” (the South of Siberia) plans to increase high-protein soybean crops in Altai Krai to 15 thousand hectares. In 2016, the company has already sowed 2000 hectares of this culture in the Mamontovsky and Smolensky Districts, using seeds from Belarus, Canada and Russia. The project budget is only amounted to 100 million rubles this year. On 11th July farmers, who want to grow soybeans, examined crops and talked with experts.
According to Andrey Vostryakov, the Head of Department for Seeds Implementation and Plant Protection Product of the holding “Yug Sibiri”, there are 1 thousand hectares of the experimental fields in the Mamontovsky District. There are crops of two species of high-protein soybeans from Canada and one species from Belarus. It is estimated that the yield per hectare may reach 16-18 centners. However, according to experts, if conditions allow, this figure would be much higher.
“Yug Sibiri” plans to send all harvested crops to its own processing facilities in Barnaul and Biysk. Earlier, the company had to buy more than 90% of its raw materials from the Far East. Soybeans, which were grown in Altai Krai, did not pass the selection of the parameters of the protein content that is necessary to produce oil. Low-protein soybean is generally used for the production of feed for farm animals.
Partners of “Yug Sibiri” in project “Soya” are currently two large farms. According to Eugene Bondur, the chief engineer of the agricultural holding, negotiations are underway with other agricultural enterprises wishing to grow high-protein soybeans.
By the portal “Altapress.Ru”