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In a celebration of innovation and agricultural excellence, hundreds of farmers, agronomists, agricultural engineers, farm owners, and scientists gathered at the “Volgograd Vegetable Festival” in the Sredneahtubinsky district. With a focus on modern approaches to vegetable farming, this article explores the latest data on the region’s booming vegetable production, highlights the achievements of local farmers, and delves into innovative technologies shaping the future of vegetable cultivation.
The heartland of Volgograd, Russia, is witnessing an agricultural renaissance like never before. As the “Volgograd Vegetable Festival” brought together the region’s agricultural community, it became clear that this year’s harvest is poised to be nothing short of spectacular.
Rising Volumes and Innovation
Volgograd’s vegetable-producing regions, including Sredneahtubinsky, Gorodishchensky, Leninsky, Svetloyarsky, and others, have consistently showcased their agricultural prowess, both in raw produce and value-added products. Over the past few years, the volume of produce within the region has seen significant growth. One notable contribution comes from the agricultural cooperative in the Nikolaevsky district, which is now offering dried vegetables.
According to Deputy Governor Vasily Ivanov, “As of today, 22 hectares have been sown with vegetable crops, and over 120 million kilograms of vegetable products have been produced, or 120,000 tons. All the rest is still in the fields. We see higher yields than last year, and we are planning to harvest no less than a million tons.”
Leading the Way in Vegetable Production
Volgograd takes pride in its vegetable production, ranking first in the region for onions, carrots, and cucumbers. Volgograd’s tomatoes, pumpkins, and beets also hold leading positions in the agricultural landscape. The recent harvest has focused on early vegetables, signaling just the beginning of the season.
Innovations in Agriculture
The festival also highlighted innovations in vegetable cultivation. One such innovation is the use of entomophages to combat plant pests, providing an effective and environmentally friendly alternative to chemicals. This method is actively being developed in one of Volgograd’s large greenhouse complexes and has promising applications in open-field farming.
Governor Andrei Bocharov emphasized the importance of these innovations, stating, “We are discussing and considering the establishment of a center for the biologization of organic farming. Let’s decide on this during the autumn and present the project as a document.”
Automation and Modernization
While agriculture traditionally involves a lot of manual labor, the festival showcased the best practices in process automation. Leading agricultural enterprises in the region have adopted state-of-the-art technology, including planting machines with mechanized drip irrigation, pneumatic seeders, computer-controlled sprayers, and even tomato-picking machinery.
The Path Forward
With over five hundred agricultural producers in the vegetable industry today, not everyone can afford such modern equipment. Governor Andrei Bocharov proposed exploring the widespread use of service contracts and establishing service centers in agricultural production hubs.
He stated, “The use of modern technology, protective measures, the full use of organic fertilizers, modern equipment, and the hard work of our people, coupled with government support, allows us to implement large-scale projects. We have no doubts. We will discuss what we talked about within the framework of the Agricultural Advisory Council and reach specific decisions.”
Feeding the Nation and Beyond
The enthusiasm and dedication of Volgograd’s vegetable producers are contributing to a broader vegetable revolution that promises to feed not only the sunny region itself but also others. One million tons of produce is not just for local consumption; it’s a testament to the agricultural prowess and innovative spirit of Volgograd.
The “Volgograd Vegetable Festival” serves as a reminder of the incredible potential that modern farming practices hold. With innovation, dedication, and collaboration between farmers, scientists, and policymakers, the agricultural landscape in Volgograd continues to flourish, offering a glimpse of a sustainable and prosperous future.