Petro Oleksandrovych Kvashuk works at the company “Kusto Agro” since its creation. At the beginning, he took part in the development of the elevator company’s subdivisions in Rososha and Kozyatyn. In 2016, he headed the enterprise “Agroline-Ukraine”.
— The company “Agroline” had been bankrupt before Kusto Agro bought our corporate rights. Now we have well-developed livestock and crop farming. Livestock complex holds second place in the region. As for now, we own almost 600 heads of cattle: including 280 dairy cows and 320 non-milking cows. We have the tried out scheme.
— How are things with crop farming?
— We keep pace. “Agroline-Ukraine” holds key positions in the region, and in the Lyubarsky district, we hold first-second place according to the harvest index of the main cultures; if it wasn’t so, I’d not be able to sleep. Our combine drivers, machine operators, and milkers pick up the district awards.
Talking about practical indicators, we had a good wheat crop – 70-71 centner/ha. We set a high bar, so we do everything to have a high performance this year. But not everything depends on us, there are weather factors.
— Are you provided with modern technology?
— Yes. We’re stocked up with exclusively current technology: John Deere and Сase IH. There are two new seeding machines, and this year we bought 4 combines Case IH. Apart from that, we purchased a hay rake and mower. Our company doesn’t buy used machinery, only new.
The latest equipment allows us to introduce new approaches to precision farming and new technologies, for instance, for haymaking. This year, by using this approach, we made 800 tonnes of hay. Now haylage is not stored in the “hole”. We don’t worry about over-moisturizing and rotting of hay, as it is put into special bags. When stored in such a way, hay has the qualities that positively affect the dairy cow production.
— To use such machines, machine operators need special training
— Sure. You can’t put a person without a proper training in a new combine or tractor. That’s why we send our colleagues to study. Our machine operators went straight to the Germany’s factory. But everybody notes that it’s a pleasure to work with such technology.
— What plans of the company’s development do you have?
— We plan to expand our livestock complex to 1200 heads of cattle. We bought out old buildings and demolished them. Non-reusable details, which could be used as firewood, were given away to people. Bricks were recycled into rubble that would be used for road repairs. Currently, the project documents are being prepared, and in a month, we’ll launch the construction. In general, 2.5 million euros are allocated to the new dairy farm.
However, our main task is to restore the village. The construction of the livestock complex will create many workplaces. Considering the modern methods of farming, field work doesn’t require a high number of employees.
— How does your company help the village?
— “Agroline-Ukraine” largely helps the school and the kindergarten. We understand that children are our future and try to support these institutions. We provide dining-halls with flour and meat, and we bought the electric meat mincer to the school’s kitchen. We also organize different festive events in the village. When rural people were bringing in hay and chaff, we helped them with this work as well.
We process 2780 hectares of land but having regard to our attitude to sharers and local residents, this land bank will keep on growing.