As noted by Dmitry Patrushev, in the current year due to favorable weather conditions spring field works started earlier multiyear periods. In the South planted more than 234 thousand hectares of spring crops and fertilizing produced 2.3 million hectares of winter crops. The sowing of winter crops for the harvest of the current year conducted on an area of 17.7 million hectares, which is 615 thousand hectares more than the previous year. In General, winter crops are in good and satisfactory condition at 91.5% of the total cultivated area, while the final results will be summed up after the snow cover.
Feature of the campaign in 2019 will increase the cultivated area of 1.2 million hectares – to 80.5 million hectares, including 52.3 million hectares of spring. Growth will be achieved at the expense of areas under cereals and legumes, forage crops, vegetables and potatoes.
Currently, the level of seeds of spring grains and legumes accounting for 98.9%, which is around 5.6 million tons. The Ministry continues improvement of state support measures aimed at encouraging farmers with quality seed material.
Another factor, which affects the readiness for spring field works, is the provision of agricultural producers with necessary equipment. The national average ratio of its readiness is at 90%, and in the regions southern and North Caucasian Federal districts is 97%. According to Dmitry Patrushev, today, farmers are increasingly changing older, inefficient equipment with new, modern machines.
The successful holding of the sowing campaign will contribute to allocation government support. Currently, the Ministry of agriculture has completed the delivery of funds to entities aimed 109,4 billion rubles.
Translated by service "Yandex.Translation"