Ural Federal District sows 859,000 hectares of land

24 May 2007 (13:00)

Rosselkhoznadzor (the state agricultural watchdog) reports that 31.2 million hectares of land, or 63.4% of the target figures, have been sown by May 22, 2007. This is 957,000 hectares less than a year earlier; 20.1 million hectares were used for spring crops; this comes to 64.1% of the target figures.

The sowing has been delayed by eight to ten days (compared to the usual beginning of the sowing campaigns) in Ural Federal District and the Volga Region due to inclement weather; only 850,000 hectares, or 20% of the planned area, have been sown in Ural Federal District, with spring crops and leguminous plants occupying 655,000 hectares.

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