BREST, 25 October (BelTA)- OAO Polesskiye Zhuraviny is looking into a possibility of exporting cranberries to Kazakhstan, BelTA learned from the company's director Vasily Lyagusky.
Harvesting cranberries began in late September and is over already. Unfortunately, this year it is lower than last season. The plants were negatively affected by the thaw in winter and summer drought. Agronomists are responding to the climate change and are improving crop cultivation technologies, Vasily Lyagusky noted.
"Previously, we supplied hand-picked cranberries to the UK. Now we export to Russia. Prices are not lower; there are no problems with sales. We are exploring the markets of the East, in particular Kazakhstan. We have great hopes to access the Chinese market. But, most importantly, we are consolidating our foothold on the national market: sale of fresh and processed cranberries," Vasily Lyagusky said.
This year, OAO Polesskiye Zhuraviny harvested 210 tonnes of blueberries, which was more than last year. For the first time, the company had a crop of black currants. Its cultivation was started two years ago. At first, the company planted 7 hectares but plans to increase the areas. "Next year we will get an industrial-scale harvest. We will increase the area to the optimal size, depending on the sales markets. Then we will see whether to increase by two or three times," Vasily Lyagusky said.
The company has cultivated Japanese quince for five years already. The crop occupies 5.5 hectares. "It begins to bear fruit in the third year. Based on the fact that we have in-house processing capacities, the cultivation of quince justifies itself," Vasily Lyagusky added. By the way, the company has established a full cycle of berry processing.
OAO Polesskiye Zhuraviny was established on the basis of the Pinsk cranberry plantation. The company is in the municipal ownership of Pinsk District. It cultivates berries, harvests wild berries and mushrooms.0-
Photos by Ramil Nasibulin