Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev instructed the head of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, D. Patrushev, to control the situation with prices in the fertilizer market, despite the fact that it is now stable, Interfax reports.
During the government meeting, Medvedev recalled that a meeting was held last year with the participation of major fertilizer producers, and asked whether the situation with prices in this market is now safe.
“The situation is quite stable, and there are no sharp jumps in prices, moreover, at prices both in the wholesale market and directly for consumers. Therefore, the situation is under control, if something gets out of the normal development of the situation, we will report, ”said the head of the Ministry of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev.
As stated at a meeting Patrushev, as of the end of September, farmers have purchased 3 million tons of fertilizer, which is almost 400 thousand tons more than the same period last year. The forecast for fertilizer application this year is 3,2 million tons, which is higher than last year.
Speaking about other components of the material and technical base of the agro-industrial complex, in particular, about agricultural machinery, the minister said that farmers have over 564 thousand machines to carry out field work. “In the first half of the year, more equipment was purchased than in the same period in 2018,” he said. “This made it possible to maintain the energy supply of agricultural organizations at the level of the previous year.”
Concluding the topic of resources for seasonal field work, the minister also said that over the past period of this year, there were no interruptions in the supply of fuel to the village. “The farmers are fully provided with fuel for work during the harvesting campaign,” he stressed. "Now they have more than 580 thousand tons of diesel fuel and almost 75 thousand tons of gasoline in stock."
According to the minister, the available resources will allow not only to successfully complete the harvesting campaign, but also to effectively carry out the sowing of winter crops, "that is, lay the foundation for the harvest of 2020." He said that this year it is planned to sow winter crops on 17,5 million hectares, which corresponds to the last year's figure. More than 3,7 million tons of seeds were prepared for winter sowing, which is 2% more than the need, he added.
A source: http://agroobzor.ru/