Crimea's grain yield doubles initial forecasts despite artificial drought in the region


- Crimea has increased its grain yield to 30 centners per hectare which is twice as high as the initial forecast of 15-20 centners despite an artificial drought created by the blockage of the North Crimean Canal, Crimea's Agriculture Ministry says in a report provided to Itar-Tass.

The ministry's experts said that rains that had fallen on the peninsula were the root cause behind the rich grain harvest.

Crimea's Agriculture Ministry also noted the growing problem of disparity of grainprices in the region. Dealers are paying 5,000 roubles (about 148 USD) per tonne of barley while grain producers believe that 6,000 roubles (about 176 USD) is a fairer price.

Nikolai Polyushkin, the Crimean minister of food and agrarian policy, said previously that European sanctions on Crimean goods have created problems with grain sales, considering the harvest is good. State interventions, which Russia has been practicing for several years, have become particularly important for Crimean grain enterprises under the current circumstances.

Crimea's Agriculture Ministry Nikolai Fyodorov told a meeting on development of the agri-industrial complex in June 2014, that the state would continue grain a policy of grain interventions in 2014.

A system of grain interventions when the state buys or sells grain to stabilize domestic prices has existed in Russia since 2001.

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