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Expert: Latvian farmers have high potential in cultivation of oats

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Latvian farmers have high potential in the cultivation of oats, which is contributed by appropriate weather conditions and farmers’ efforts to cultivate high-quality oats. Continued efforts may result of Latvia gaining the reputation of a major oats producer in the world, says an agricultural specialist.

After meeting with oats cultivators, Rīgas Dzirnavnieks board member Žilvinas Pakeltis admits that just recently the quality of Latvian oats was low, and the crop was mainly cultivated as animal feed.
 

At the same time, the expert says Latvia’s climate is perfect for growing high-quality oats, because they like cool and reasonably rainy summers.
 

«Lately these advantages have been noticed by farmers, who have been developing cultivation of oats to be used as food,» says Pakeltis.
 

Also the board member of Rīgas Dzirnavnieks notes: «Latvia has already proven itself as a reliable supplier of high-quality wheat flour on the global market. The next step is doing the same with oats. Latvia has the ideal climate for the cultivation of oats.»
 

The company’s representative reminds that three years ago Latvia launched the programme to assist with the cultivation of oats, which has borne fruit, because there is now more supply of high-quality oats now.
 

It should be said that around 30 farmers from different Latvian regions are participating in the oats cultivation programme. This year, the total sowing territory will be increased to 3,200 ha. The biggest territories are found in Vidzeme and Latgale.
 

There has been an increase in the number of participating farms in Zemgale, which is unusual for this region, because wheat dominates there, says the company’s representative.
 

Farmer Gundars Liepa is a participant of the aforementioned programme. He says: «It is likely this year’s harvest will be good even though it will come ten days later than usual. I agreed to participate in the programme to relieve the soil from growing other crops.»

BNN

13-08-2017
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