Russia estimates 10 million-tonne feed grain deficit
February 01, 2000
by Emily Wilson
MOSCOW — Russia faces a deficit of grain to feed its livestock, the deputy prime minister in charge of agriculture, Vladimir Shcherbak, told a news conference at the end of January.
Mr. Shcherbak confirmed the recent harvest totaled 54.7 million tonnes clean weight and speculated that Russia would need 75 million to 80 million tonnes to meet this year's needs. "We will have enough food grain, although its distribution over the territory is quite unequal. Therefore, there will be problems with supplies," he said.