In order to reach the announced plans of grain production at 120 million tons in 2020, Russian agrarians have to significantly expand the planted areas under grains, as well as increase the fleet of agricultural machinery and the application volumes of mineral fertilizers, the Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev declared.
According to him, by 2020 the general planted areas under grain crops will have increased by 4.1 million ha compared with 2015, and reach 44.4 million ha.
As for the fleet of agricultural machinery, A. Tkachev estimated the need for its increase by almost half – from 16.7 thousand units in 2015 to nearly 30 thousand units in 2020.
The volumes of mineral fertilizers application should increase by 1 million tons of active ingredient compared with the index of 2.5 million tons in 2015, the head of the ministry added.
Also, he reminded that the market strategy developed by the Ministry of Agriculture aims at achieving the annual volume of grain production at the level of 130 million tons, and rising of the export potential in the country to 50 million tons. (APK-Inform/Business World Magazine)