Krasnodar, 1 August – Yug Times. Today, Kuban Governor explains how our region managed to beat another record on the volumes and quality of crops harvested, imports substitution at agriculture, organic farming, promotion of local products, and governmental backup of the farmers.
Krasnodar has become the first Russian region to finish the harvest campaign. From the area of 1.8 million hectares, record 11.117 million tons of grain crops were harvested, by 700,000 tons more than in 2018 (10.421 million tons). Grain crops are the main export product of the Kuban region, exported to 80 countries throughout the world. By 2024, in the context of the national project, International Cooperation and Export, the production of grain crops in Krasnodar province will go up by over 20%, and the cost of the regional agricultural exports will reach USD 3.8 billion.
“Such a high yield is the result of colossal labour of our farmers. We were the first [region] to finish the harvest campaign, and what is more we did it with a record. We achieved an unprecedented yield in the history.
“Owing to their well-coordinated work, our farmers and scholars learnt to withstand weather conditions that may be very harsh in our region.
“Every year, we perfect the technologies applied in the production of agricultural crops. Our farms work with new high-yield seed varieties, adapted to the local climatic conditions. By the way, 100% of the winter crops were sown with elite seeds developed by our National Grain Centre. As a result, the average yield reached 6.13 tons per hectare, which was the highest yield nationwide.
“A special work team was organised to control the entire reaping cycle. We controlled soil quality, involved academics, and used most up-to-date machinery: 7,000 combine harvesters worked in the fields. Every day they were raping and threshing more than 100,000 hectares of fields.
“Most of the wheat harvested is referred to classes III and IV, which are the most popular ones on the market.
“Grain crops are exported to more than 80 countries, and the markets are expanding every year. Our biggest importers are Turkey, Egypt, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Yemen, Israel, Indonesia, Cameroon, and South Korea.
“President [Vladimir Putin] has posed a challenging task to increase the production of grain crops in the Kuban region by more than 20% by the year 2024. [This year’s] record yield bolsters our confidence. Our export plans for this year are about 10 million tons of grain crops.
“By saying that Krasnodar province is the national granary, we mean not only crops. Kuban fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat and wine is what we can deliver throughout the country. But to achieve it, we will need adequate governmental support. We have managed to retain it this year: about 8.5 billion roubles have been allocated for the agricultural sector. This support goes first of all to those who mean to develop their own production and open full-cycle facilities.”