Next year, the Russian agro-industrial complex will retain the structure of sown areas under agricultural crops, despite the fact that winter sowing this year was carried out on a smaller area than planned and the indicator a year earlier, the Ministry of Agriculture reports, citing Minister Dmitry Patrushev following his participation in the extended meeting Committee on Agrarian Affairs of the State Duma on Wednesday.
“Winter sowing, according to preliminary data, amounted to 17.7 million hectares. This is less than plans due to the weather in Central Russia and the Volga region, however, according to the minister , the remaining areas will be sown in the spring, and the area structure will remain the same,” the press release says.
According to the report, the grain harvest by December 7 reached 157.7 million tons (in bunker weight). “For most other crops, the figures are higher than last year,” the minister said. The growth of agricultural production this year is expected at the level of 3.5%.
As Partrushev emphasized, the ministry controls the provision of farmers with material and technical resources. “In particular, to support the renewal of the fleet of equipment through preferential programs of Rosagroleasing, the government allocated 12 billion rubles, this will allow the supply of at least 11 thousand units to farmers in 2022. An additional 10 billion rubles will be sent to the company by the end of the year, which will help continue increasing supplies from the beginning of next year,” he said.
Speaking about the development of animal husbandry, Patrushev noted that this year an increase in the production of livestock, poultry and milk is expected. Growth is observed in meat processing, production of milk, cheese, butter and vegetable oils, cereals and flour. In general, the food and processing industries fully provide the food market with basic foodstuffs, the press release states.