Russia’s agricultural exports to hit $25 billion this year


 Farming production in Russia is booming. With record harvests during the past two years, the country’s agricultural exports are bringing in tens of billions of dollars, according to President Vladimir Putin.

“Last year, exports of agricultural products were $20 billion. This year, they will reach $25 billion,” Putin said on Thursday during his annual Q&A session. He added: “We couldn’t even imagine such figures earlier.”

Boosting competitiveness and improving infrastructure is key to increasing exports further, the Russian president said, promising the government’s support. Some 400 billion rubles ($6 billion) will be allocated for the development of infrastructure, including seaports and roads, he said.

The president noted earlier that Russian agricultural production had surged by 20 percent over the past five years. Calling the growth a “real breakthrough,” he urged domestic producers to steadily expand their presence in domestic and foreign markets.

Russia has managed to capture more than half of the global wheat market in recent years, becoming the world’s biggest exporter of grain, thanks to bumper harvests and attractive pricing. In 2016, the country became the world leader in wheat exports. Since the early 2000s, its share of the global wheat market has quadrupled.


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