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Strong frosts this winter destroyed some 30 per cent of winter crops and 10 per cent of vineyards
Strong frosts this winter destroyed some 30 per cent of winter crops and 10 per cent of vineyards. Total losses of the agricultural sector amount to some 12 billion roubles, Minister of Agriculture Alexei Gordeyev said on Monday at a meeting in the Kremlin, which was chaired by President Vladimir Putin. Gordeyev said that the Ministry of Agriculture, the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Rosgidromet) and the regional administrations “examined the condition of winter crops, orchards and vineyards”. “They established the approximate amount of the damage done. The negative impact of this year’s winter was similar to the situation in 1994 and 2003, when 3.5 million hectares of winter crops were destroyed,” he said. According to his information, this year’s figure is 3.5 to four million hectares, which makes some 30 per cent of winter crops. Gordeyev believes it is possible to make up for the damage by sowing spring crops, if the sowing campaign is organised properly. According to Gordeyev, the Volga Federal District was the hardest hit by frosts, and the area of the destroyed winter crops is the greatest there. The figure for the Republic of Bashkortostan is 75 per cent, and for the Orenburg Region – 50 per cent. “The situation is better in the Central and Southern Federal Districts, but it is worse than last year. That time we lost 6-8 per cent of winter crops, while this year we expect to lose 30 per cent,” Gordeyev said. According to his information, 30 per cent of winter rape was destroyed in the Kaliningrad Region, as well as the whole crop of plums and apricots in the Krasnodar Territory. He added that the Kaliningrad Region was the only area in which there are areas sown to winter rape. He is going to the Kaliningrad Region on February 26, in order to see what he could do to help the region. Gordeyev stressed that much damage had been done to orchards and vineyards. “This is the worst winter in the past 28 years, since the winter of 1978-1979. We know already that some 10 per cent of vineyards have been destroyed,” he said. The situation is especially serious in the Krasnodar Territory, where vineyards were destroyed on an area of 3,000 hectares. The whole crop of plums, apricots and berries was destroyed. He estimated the damage done to it at two billion roubles. According to his information, the Ministry of Agriculture is now examining the situation, trying to estimate the damage more accurately. More accurate information will be obtained by March 15, on the basis of which a report will be made at a government meeting. Gordeyev reminded that an interdepartmental task group had been created for that purpose, whose first meeting had been held in the Southern Federal District on February 18
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