Volga Baikal AGRO NEWS Update on the Grain Harvest Forecast !!!
In 2022, in Russia the gross harvest can reach 130 million tons.
The grain harvest in Russia in 2022 can significantly exceed the figure for 2021 and reach the volumes that the President spoke about earlier. This was stated by Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev during the All-Russian Grain Forum. Earlier, Vladimir Putin said that, according to preliminary forecasts, the gross grain harvest could reach 130 million tons, including 87 million tons of wheat. The forecast of the Ministry of Agriculture was then more conservative – 123 million tons.
Now, according to Patrushev, over 96% of winter crops are in good and satisfactory condition. The areas under spring crops are also systematically and almost year by year growing. As part of the current spring sowing campaign, about 40 million hectares have already been sown, and farmers have been provided with all the necessary resources for sowing. “Among the recent years, this year preparation for the sowing campaign is one of the best, now the main thing is that the weather does not let us down,” – the minister added.
Agricultural producers are well prepared for the sowing season, confirmed Oksana Lut, First Deputy Minister of Agriculture. She recalled that the sown area this year should be more than 81 million hectares, including 53 million hectares of spring crops. “The only thing that always worries us is the weather. Whatever happens in the world, the key factor is the weather, which this year also lives according to its own rules and plans and makes you nervous,” – said Lut.
So, according to her:
in the Volga region there were rains that interfered with the sowing, in a number of regions there were frosts, Siberia was faced with abnormal heat. There are certain distortions throughout the country, perhaps with the exception of the South, where everything is fine.
In general, according to D. Patrushev, a rather serious increase in grain production in the country has been observed over the past ten years. Thus, harvests of wheat almost doubled, maize – 1.5 times, and the yields of barley and legumes also increased significantly. At the same time, over the past five years, the grain harvest has not fallen below 120 million tons, and the last year, despite difficult weather conditions, the harvest was at the level of 121 million tons.
“Last year self-sufficiency in grain was 150%. Grain production is systematically increasing thanks to the very high-quality work of our farmers and a little bit due to the fact that the state provides sufficient systemic support to the industry,” – said the minister.