Exclusive 16:48 15 Jun 2022

Due to hostilities, Ukrainian farmers were unable to sow some crop varieties

Pea, corn, sunflower, and soybean seeds did not reach farmers as final consumers this year, according to a senior researcher at the Institute of Plant Breeding in the Kharkiv region.

The breeding center of the Yuriev Institute of Plant Breeding in the village of Elitne is the largest breeding institution in Ukraine that has suffered from russian aggression. But it was not destroyed, as was stated in the media earlier. Rubryka tells this story in the article.

In the laboratory of the Yuriev Institute of Plant Breeding in the Elite selection, almost all the crops that grow in Ukraine were selected in the laboratory of the Yuriev Institute of Plant Breeding in Elite village: wheat, rye, peas, barley, corn, and sunflower. However, due to war, the laboratory and part of the spring crops that had to be sown this year were damaged. Because of this, some crops were not planted during the sowing period, says a senior researcher at the institute, Serhiy Avramenko:

"The terrible loss for the institute is the breeding laboratories. We created hybrid varieties of all these main crops and transferred the seeds of the highest reproductive qualities to seed farms. We reproduced it there and sold it to farmers. Now this chain is broken. We have not been able to sow any seeds from spring crops this year. The peas, barley, corn, sunflower, soybeans…" Serhiy lists.

At the same time, Serhiy Avramenko notes that the collection of the genetic bank has been saved, but now it may take much longer to restore some varieties, reproduce them and pass them on to the final consumer, the farmer.


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