Russia plants 50 mln hectares of grain
Grain crops will be planted on 50 million hectares during the upcoming
planting season, according to Agriculture Minister Alexei
"There is confidence that the task of planting grain on 50 million hectares,
that is, the same level as last year, will be fulfilled," the minister said.
The issue of preparations for the planting season will be submitted at a
government meeting in March, he said.
Gordeyev said that 7.1 billion
rubles had been allocated from the federal budget for the first time for the
purchase of fuel and lubricants. "We reached an agreement with the Finance
Ministry that this money will go to the regions on the principles of
co-financing before the end of February," he said.
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