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Russia Agriculture Ministry considers ways of supplying machinery for Crimean farmers

March 25, 2014, 19:56 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Agriculture Ministry considers ways of subsidizing seasonal agricultural work in Crimea, a source in the agriculture ministry told Itar-Tass.

Ways of supplying Crimean agricultural workers with farm machinery and fuel for sowing are considered, said the source.

He said the complexity of providing agricultural equipment lies in the fact that in the previous years Crimean agricultural producers received equipment from the south of Ukraine.

Russian Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fedorov will shortly present the coordinated set of measures to support the sowing campaign in Crimea, said the source.

Itar-Tass earlier received a report of the Ministry of Energy that to ensure current needs of the population, of industrial production and agriculture, consumers and supplies of fuel in Crimea have an opportunity to conclude direct contracts for fuel supply with Russian producers or to buy fuel at the Russian exchange.

With the accession to the World Trade Organization, Russia stopped direct sibsidising of farm producers on separate items (purchase of mineral fertilizer, plant protection chemicals and fuel and lubricants) and started rendering support on the basis of expenditures per one hectare of sown area. Agricultural producers in plant growing will receive 14.44 billion rubles from the federal budget in 2014. Subsidies related to one hectare of sown area are meant only for the spring field work.

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