The Ministry of Agriculture was accused of false data on affected crops in Russia

Published Jun 13, 2024

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The head of the Russian Grain Union, Arkady Zlochevsky, has accused the Ministry of Agriculture of manipulating data on the damage caused by May return frosts to agricultural areas. Zlochevsky believes that the ministry's figures of one percent damage are not reflective of the real situation, as winter crops have suffered up to 30 percent damage in some regions. He also criticized the ministry's grain harvest forecast of 132 million tons, calling it unreliable. Additionally, Zlochevsky criticized the duties on grain exports, stating that they are driving small and medium-sized enterprises towards bankruptcy.
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The head of the Russian Grain Union (RGU) and member of the ROSNG Expert Council Arkady Zlochevsky accused the Ministry of Agriculture of manipulating figures regarding the areas affected by the May return frosts. The National News Service writes about this. According to the expert, farmers were seriously affected by this situation. He called the ministry’s data strange that one percent of the agricultural area was damaged by natural disasters. “Well, what is 1%, when winter crops have suffered in a bunch of regions? This could be 1% of all areas not only of grain, but also, in principle, of all areas, including forage crops, grasses, and so on,” Zlochevsky noted. He recalled that among winter crops alone, from 15 to 30 percent of the area was affected, depending on the specific region. At the same time, we note that they always make up a significant part of the total harvest. Thus, the real damage can be many tens of times greater. The head of the RZS believes that the ministry ...
Source: Rosng
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