The starch-syrup industry is an important part of the national economy: syrup and glucose are valuable sugar products used in the confectionary and bakery industries and in the production of medicine; starch and dextrin serve as auxiliary materials in the textile, light and meat industries and in a number of machine-building and chemical industries. The problem could be solved several ways, the most important of which is remodelling existing maize-processing plants and building in southern regions of the USSR a number of new giant combines with a capacity of processing 100-450 T of maize per day. The specific properties of potato starch are responsible for its primary value as a food product (in the form of dry jellies, pudding flour, etc.), in connection with which potato raw material should primarily be turned to the production of starch and grain used for syrup and glucose. The production of potato starch will require building a number of new plants, primarily of small capacity, in eastern regions of the RSFSR.