Volga Baikal AGRO NEWS Update on Spring Sowing Campaign 2021 !!!

Dmitry Patrushev brings up to speed on the spring seeding plans

Volga Baikal AGRO NEWS Update on Spring Sowing Campaign 2021 !!!

Dmitry Patrushev brings up to speed on the spring seeding plans.

The sown area in 2021 will grow by 600 thousand hectares compared to last year and will amount to 80.5 million, of which 51.5 million hectares are planned for spring sowing, Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev said at a government meeting on March 11.

He recalled that 19.4 million hectares were sown with winter crops. According to the minister, about 80% of the crops are now in good and satisfactory condition.

“This is slightly lower than last year’s level. The lack of precipitation in the fall of last year, but we note an improvement in the condition. A more accurate forecast can be made after the snow melts and the beginning of active vegetation,” – D.Patrushev said.

This year, the sowing of grain and leguminous crops, fodder crops, as well as vegetables and potatoes in the organized sector will increase. The planting of vineyards will also grow significantly. The area under sugar beet will grow by almost 15% (up to 1.062 million hectares).

The farmers are fully provided with seeds. The shortage of fuel and lubricants is also not expected. This year will require 4.6 million tons of diesel fuel and 720 thousand tons of gasoline – the same as last year.
In 2020, 59 thousand units of agricultural machinery and equipment were purchased. At the end of last year, it was possible to reverse the negative trend, when agricultural machinery was retired faster than the park was updated, the minister said. At the same time, the share of domestically produced cars increased. Thus, in 2021, farmers have 38 thousand units of basic agricultural machinery.
“Preparation for spring field work is proceeding routinely, we process all emerging issues with each region on an individual basis, this year, under favorable weather conditions, we expect a decent harvest,” – concluded Dmitry Patrushev.

Source: Rossiyskaya Gazeta.ru

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