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We broke the record for production of wheat from 1980
We broke the record for production of wheat from 1980
10 February, 2017
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How Russian wheat became stronger than the "Kalashnikov"

It was clear from the annual address by Vladimir Putin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that despite international sanctions income from agricultural exports have surpassed those from the sale of weapons.

"The problems in agriculture, there will almost always many call this area of ​​the economy" black hole "but it turned out that this is not true," Putin said in his annual address to the Federal Assembly.

Indeed, the agricultural sector of Russia notes fantastic results this year: the growth of exports (in financial terms) amounted to 5.4%, while physical volumes of exported goods abroad increased by one third, according to the Ministry of Economic Development the Russian Federation.

These results are mainly due to the boom in the production of grain and meat. And this against a significant slowdown in many other sectors of the Russian economy caused by both external environment - lower oil prices and the international sanctions and internal problems. Even metallurgy and mechanical engineering, which benefited from the cheap ruble decreased compared with 2016, according to Rosstat.

The number of farmers in Russia increased after the Kremlin announced the introduction of an embargo on food imports from the West.

The boom in the industry began in 2014 after nearly a quarter century after the collapse of the USSR, much of the agricultural land in the country was empty.

The decline of the ruble made Russian goods more competitive on the world market. Home domestic producers have practically no competition. The share of import pork to the Russian market, for example, dropped twice - from 18% to 9%. In cheese picture is the same - from 48% to 23%.

In 2016, Russia became the number one producer in the world grain due to record yields which allowed the country to export about 30 million tons in international markets.

Many countries in Africa and the Gulf refused supplies from major manufacturers traditionally strong like the US and Australia. Low transport costs have encouraged even far away from Russia countries like Mexico and South Africa to choose its wheat.

Source: "Trud"