Farm nameGospodarstwo Rolniczo-Ogrodnicze Irena Paszota
Farm size: 850 ha
Soil conditions:Brown soils, class III-IV
Main crops: industrial potatoes, seed potatoes, winter wheat, winter rapeseed
The family farm was set up in 1993. The work and commitment of the owners made it possible to transform a declining state-owned farm into a thriving private business. The farm currently has about 650 ha of farmland, where it grows potatoes, cereal and rapeseed. The additional 200 ha of meadows and pastures are used in the breeding of Limousine beef cattle. Plant and animal production meets all the standards of the demanding contractors. In terms of potato production, the farm’s strategic clients are Farm Frites Poland S.A. and Frito Lay Sp. z o.o. (owned by PepsiCo). To minimise the risk connected with growing industrial potatoes, the farm also runs production of qualified potato seed material. Well thought-out investments and active use of European funds (such as Sectoral Operational Programme – SPO, Special Accession Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development – SAPARD and Rural Development Programme – PROW) have ensured continuous and dynamic growth of the business throughout the twenty plus years of its operation. The results include modern machines, a potato storehouse with a capacity of over 10,000 tonnes and a fully automated grain warehouse. The production is continuously optimised based on advanced precision agriculture methods. Furthermore, the farm pursues research projects, follows modern technical solutions and takes conscious actions to support sustainable farming.
The farm’s main challenges according to the three pillars of sustainable farming are:
1/ the environment – to increase the content of organic matter in the soil
2/ the community – to create an integrated, cooperative team of highly competent employees
3/ profit – to develop a strategy for continuous long-term development.