In 2022, the Continental Farmers Group will grow a new potato variety that fits for French fries’ production

In 2022, the Continental Farmers Group will grow a new potato variety that fits for French fries’ production

13 January 2022

The Continental Farmers Group continues expanding its potato business. In 2022, the Company starts growing the Fontane potato variety that is new for Continental and fits to produce French fries. The Continental Farmers Group started cultivating this variety last year to obtain the first seeds reproduction that will be used in the 2022 season. This year, the Fontane potato will be grown at 228 hectares of land.

Continental will become one of the first agricultural producers in Ukraine to grow the Fontane potato variety on an industrial scale. The main task for the Company in this season is to refine the growing technology and set up seeds trading stock.

“The Fontane potato variety is rather universal and may be used both as a table potato and to produce starch and chips. But first of all, it is used to produce French fries,” Orest Kravchuk, Continental Farmers Group’s Chief of the Potatoes Cluster, noted. “The particular feature of this variety is a high content of dry substances - starch. This would allow the production of high-quality French fries sticks. The potatoes of this variety are big, unlike potatoes of the table or starch varieties. The cross section of a tuber is more than 50 mm. It has an elongated oval shape that is also important for the formation of French fries sticks.

Information: The Continental Farmers Group is one of the largest potato producers in Ukraine. In 2022, the Company intends to grow potato at the land area of 2.1 thousand hectares. 1045 hectares will be used to grow chips varies of potato, 256 hectares - table varieties and 446 hectares - starch varieties of potato. The Company grows potato in the Ternopil and Lviv regions. To store the harvested crops and seed material, the Company uses its own facilities with a total capacity of 106.2 thousand tons.