Russia plans to plant winter grains for the harvest-2014 throughout the areas of nearly 16.4 mln ha, declared Petr Chekmarev, Director of the Department of crop production, chemization and plant protection of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia.
According to him, to date agrarians provide planting of winter crops without any complications. Winter wheat will occupy over 13 mln ha, winter rye – nearly 3 mln ha, winter barley and other crops – remaining areas.
He also said that to date agrarians already planted winter grains throughout over 600 thsd ha, up 134 thsd ha compared with the same date last year. The planting campaign is provided in the Volga and Central Federal Districts. Then the southern regions will start planting crops.
Besides, P.Chekmarev said that the strategic task is to bring the winter crops planted areas to the level of 20 mln ha. Thus, in the coming years the agricultural sector needs to be completely equipped with machinery, the official added.
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/russia-planted-areas-of-winter-crops-to-total-16-4-mln-ha-ministry-of-agriculture)