In 2018, about 20 thousand hectares of potatoes and vegetables were planted in the Moscow Region, the crop can reach 360 thousand and 350 thousand tons, respectively, Andrei Razin, Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Moscow Region, told RIAMO.
“Vegetables are located on an area of 7,2 thousand hectares, including cabbage - 1,8 thousand hectares, carrots - 1,8 thousand hectares, beetroot - 1,3 thousand hectares, onions - 288 hectares. Dmitrovsky district is in the lead - 3,52 thousand hectares, Serpukhov urban district - 886 hectares, Lakes - 717 hectares, ”Razin said.
According to him, 12,4 thousand hectares of potatoes were planted in the Moscow Region, which is 0,7 thousand hectares more than last year. The leaders in planting potatoes were Dmitrovsky city district - 4,8 thousand hectares, Kolomna city district - 1,9 thousand hectares, Lakes - 1,6 thousand hectares.
“Winter crops have wintered well, plants are fully developing, state support to agricultural producers and peasant farms is provided on time, spring crops are sown in optimal agronomic terms, if the weather does not fail, then we plan to get 350 thousand tons of vegetables, 360 thousand tons of potatoes and 400 thousand tons of grain”, - added Razin.
Also, according to the minister, a good fodder base has been laid for the development of animal husbandry.
“Fodder crops - corn for silage, annual grasses, coverless grasses were sown on an area of 92,6 thousand hectares, more than 29 thousand hectares compared to the level of 2017, of which corn for silage - on 34 thousand hectares," Razin explained.
He noted that now work on the preparation of feed for livestock breeding, crop care - weed and pest control, fertilizing, watering vegetables and potatoes, putting into operation previously uncultivated land, preparing agricultural machinery for harvesting work are in the first place.
The Moscow region takes the first place in the Central Federal District in cultivated areas for vegetables and the third place in areas occupied by potatoes, in agricultural organizations and peasant farms.
A source: https://riamo.ru