Dry weather is persisting in Russia's southern regions, the country's main area for wheat production and exports, analysts said on Monday, with one of them, IKAR, downgrading its forecast for the 2020 crop. Rains are expected to arrive to those regions soon and could yet improve the situation for the crop from the world's largest wheat exporter. The crop is still expected to be higher than in 2019.
In 2018, the general production volumes of agricultural commodities in Russia in all categories of agricultural households totaled nearly 5.12 trln RUR in current prices, a decrease of 0.6% (or down 88 bln RUR) compared with the figures in the previous year. The figures decreased for the first time since 2012, reported the Federal State Statistics Service. At the same time, last year the production of livestock goods increased by 1.3% compared with 2017 (to almost 2.551 trln RUR), while plant growing goods — down 2.4% (to 2.569 trln RUR).
Russia has big plans for 2019. The country is going to expand its acreage of grains and pulses for the 2019 harvest to a 20-year high (up 2.8% from 2018). As a reminder, Russian growers have seeded a 2.5% larger area to winter crops than planned: their plantings total 17.6 Ml ha, or 2.7% more than last year. In addition, the final figure on planting in Russia is usually higher than current ones.
As of July 5, the Southern and North Caucasian Federal Districts of the Russian Federation harvested grains and pulses throughout the areas of 4.2 mln ha (in 2017 — 640.4 thsd ha). The production reached 15.8 mln tonnes (2.7 mln tonnes), with the average yield of 3.76 t/ha (4.29 t/ha), declared the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia.
As of June 1, 2018, agricultural organizations of all categories in Russia planted spring grains and pulses (including corn for grain) throughout the areas of 23.7 mln ha (down 13.3% compared with the same date last year), sunflower seed — 7.1 mln ha (down 5.2%), and sugar beet — 1.1 mln ha (up 6.7%), reported the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat).
According to the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring of Russia (Roshydromet), to date 95% of winter crops areas (throughout the general areas of 16.24 mln ha) in Russia were in good and satisfactory condition, declared the First Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Jambulat Khatuov on January 9. According to him, the authorities faced a serious task – not only to keep the current rates of development of the agrarian industry, but also to provide the conditions for its further growth.
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