Krasnodar, 2 June.
The yield of crops, fruits and berries will reportedly reduce in the Kuban region this year.
The losses of the yield of grain crops may reach as much as 30%, of stone fruit crops – 80%, and of pomaceous crops – 60%. These figures were released during the last week’s conference devoted to the current state of affairs in the agricultural complex chaired by Governor Veniamin Kondratiev.
The regional leader noted that the farmers are living a hard year. The sowing campaign was performed under quarantine; night frosts occurred often in March and April, when the air temperature fell as low as -11°C; and then a drought set in. As a result, half of the winter crops was damaged. Field crops perished in the area of 52,000 hectares.
“Initially, the forecast had been that the losses would reach 70%, but we are hoping that if the weather permitting, they would amount to about 30%,” Vice Governor Andrei Korobka noted.
He also reported about the state of affairs in horticulture. Over 19,000 hectares of the orchards had reportedly suffered from the harsh night frosts. Even though the expected yield would be lower than usual, it should suffice to provide local inhabitants with fruit and berries.
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