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Farmers produce strawberries in unlikeliest of regions

By The Siberian Times reporter
09 July 2015

Despite the cold weather and prevalence of permafrost, family is struggling to keep up with the demand.

Growing strawberries in the Sakha Republic is not easy, given the long cold winter and the prevalence of permafrost. Picture: YSIA

A farming family in the frozen Far East are struggling to cope with demand after managing to successfully grow their own luscious strawberries.

The Alexandrovs, from the village of Khomustakh in the Namsky district of Yakutia, have been selling punnets of the delicious fruit around the neighbouring community.

And it seems local people can’t get enough of their produce, with brisk sales already.

Popova Alexandra, 77, said her farmer son and his family have been planting the likes of potatoes, cucumber, tomatoes, beetroot and carrot for years.

Strawberry in Yakutia


Strawberry in Yakutia


Strawberry in Yakutia


Strawberry in Yakutia

'Almost every day we have been collecting about two kilograms of strawberries.' Pictures: YSIA, @d_i_n_a_r_a_a

But it was the first time they experimented with strawberries, planning 500 seedlings in the greenhouse in late March. Fertilising them just once, they watered them every day, and now their hard work has paid off.

She said: 'The strawberries bloomed earlier than expected. As a result, we gathered the first harvest on June 15. Almost every day we have been collecting about two kilograms of strawberries. The berries are large and sweet. So, the queen of the garden makes us happy with the harvest!'

Growing strawberries in the Sakha Republic is not easy, given the long cold winter and the prevalence of permafrost.

Dinara Aleksandrova, the farmer's wife, posted images of their strawberries on her Insta along with pictures of her children gathering – and eating – them.

Comments (3)

can not, will not work, not profitable, not worth it, this seem to be the words and thinking of the big conglomerates who count only in 100's and 100's of ha. but already during the cccp times, it was the little farmer, on his little plots who kept the country in basic foodstuffs. and once more, here is an example that the little farmer can do. but the big farm(s) around Moscow rather let the strawberries rot, before they give them away. or let the people pick them for a minimal sum....
Benedikt, Moscow,Russia
09/07/2015 12:53
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Es muy bello ver a los niños ayudando a sus padres en la tarea de cultivar frutillas. Desde Patagonia les envío mis felicitaciones. Yo también cultivo en clima frio.
Ricardo, Argentina
09/07/2015 08:35
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And it seems that Farmers are always nice, and honest people.
Never afraid of hard work, and doing their part to make the world a better place.
They make good neighbors.
Darwin, USA
09/07/2015 04:07
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