News last update:6 Aug 2012

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 Gordeyev.

"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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