VOLGOGRAD, October 5 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia is expected to harvest at least 90 million tons of grain in 2011, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov said on Thursday at a meeting with farmers of Russia’s southern Volgograd region.
“This is a yielding years not only in terms of grain harvest,” Zubkov said.
According to the deputy prime minister, this year’s potato harvest is 28 million tons, soy harvest is 1.4 million tons, sunflower harvest exceeds eight million tons, maize harvest is 6.2 million tons, and sugar beet harvest is 36.1 million tons. These figures prove that Russian has managed to overcome downward tendencies in the agricultural sector that resulted from abnormally hot weather in the past two years, he said and added that the 2011 agricultural growth reached ten percent.
He also praised Volgograd region farmers for their good performances. “The Volgograd region will harvest 2.7 million tons of grain in 2011. The figure is twice as big as in 2010. The harvest of vegetables is also good having reached about 800,000 tons,” he said.