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YEKATERINBURG, August 3. /TASS/. The economic policy Council under Plenipotentiary representative of RF President in the Urals Federal district addressed the issues of food security, grain market, export potential, as well as preparations for the harvesting campaign. This was at the end of the meeting, reported today in the press service and information of the Governor of Chelyabinsk region.

“For the Chelyabinsk region, agriculture is one of the key points of economic growth. In recent years, was the effect of import substitution, as well as the output capacity of large investment projects. Over the past five years, the volume of agricultural production in the region doubled to 126 billion rubles”, – said Governor Boris Dubrovsky, opening a meeting of the Council. The head of the region added that the region is particularly relevant grain market, mostly foreign . Since last year began deliveries of grain products to China. To date, the total area sown exceeded 1.9 million hectares. The planned destination for the grain harvesting about 1.7 million tons. “If there are good weather conditions – the potential of the region allows to collect more than 2 million tons”, – said Dubrovsky.

According to him, the government of Chelyabinsk region is implementing a complex of programs aimed at supporting agricultural enterprises. The annual volume of state support of agricultural producers exceeds 4 billion roubles.

Deputy Plenipotentiary representative of RF President in the Ural Federal district Alexander Moiseev noted the great potential of the Chelyabinsk region. According to him, the region is not only well-developed crop and animal production, but there is progress in agricultural engineering. This is a sustainable entity in the agricultural direction. He also informed about the planned support measures and priority tasks set by the government of the Russian Federation agro-industrial complex.
“Today the gross volume of grain produced in the Urals Federal district, is 5% of the total volume produced in Russia. The challenge before us is to increase this number, including through the involvement in the turnover of lands. All the subjects you need to focus on land consolidation, on the search and attraction to cooperation of large agricultural holdings and companies”, – said Moiseev.

According to the Director of the Department of plant, mechanization, chemicalization and plant protection Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation Pyotr Chekmarev, the situation on the grain market develops in such a way that his price will only rise. Today a ton of wheat of the third class costs about 11 thousand rubles. This is not the limit, as the forecast yield this year to 7 t/ha below last year. The Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation believe that in 2018 will be able to collect about 100 million tons of grain.

The Department noted that a significant proportion of the South Ural products exported to other regions of Russia and abroad. A continuous supply of food products produced by enterprises of the South Urals, carried out in China, Israel, Jordan, USA, United Arab Emirates.