Monday, 23 June 2014

What three things will boost farming output in Ukraine?

Research, research and research.

While the infrastructure in Ukraine is improving incrementally the general lack of support services and almost complete absence of primary research mean you have to pull on all your years of experience and training on almost a daily basis.

On more than one occasion I have stood in a crop studying unfamiliar (to me) insects to determine if the local agronomist’s advice to nuke them based on nothing more than his instinct was the right way to go (it wasn't).

There is a big gap in the market for independent farm focused research that gives growers access to practical sound information that helps them make commercial decisions.

At present farming in Ukraine is back to basics and pioneering.