Russian farmers threshed 78 million tonnes of grain, enough to completely ensure the country’s food security, Roman Nekrasov, director of the plant cultivation department of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, told RIA Novosti on Saturday.
He pointed out that the pace of the harvest was fast “despite harsh weather conditions and other challenges.”
The Russian Agriculture Ministry had previously forecast a grain harvest of 130 million tonnes this year, including a record 87 million tonnes of wheat, and expected exports to reach up to 50 million tonnes of cereals.
Last year, Russia harvested nearly 121 million tons of grain, including about 76 million tons of wheat.
Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev warned last week that the late start of work in several regions due to the cold spring and bad weather, as well as some difficulties in the supply of foreign components for agricultural equipment, had created risks to reach the target of 130 million tonnes. .
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The minister also said that the 50 million ton export plan may need to be revised, which will inevitably affect the world grain market.
Meanwhile, Patrushev warned that sanctions imposed on Russia, the world’s biggest wheat exporter, in response to Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine are disrupting grain harvests in Russia and could exacerbate the food crisis in the country. foreign.
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