Russia increases agricultural production to RUB 5.6 trillion in 2016
According to preliminary assessments, the volume of Russia’s agricultural output in 2016 at current prices totalled RUB 5.626 trillion, which is a 4.8% increase on the 2015 figure, a report from the Russian Federal State Statistics Service, Rosstat, reveals. Agricultural production growth in December 2016 amounted to RUB 230.1 billion, an increase of 3.4% on December 2015.
According to statistical data, the cattle population of all agricultural production holdings at the end of December 2016 was calculated at 18.7 million head, which marks a 1.6% drop compared with the same period last year. Of those, 8.3 million were cows (marking a 1.9% decrease). The number of sheep and goats also fell by 0.3% to 24.8 million. The pig population, by contrast, rose by 2.4% to reach 22 million, and the number of poultry grew by 1% to 552.8 million.
Agricultural holdings account for 42.9% of the cattle population, 14.6% of pigs, and 46.9% of sheep and goats (at the end of December 2015, these figures were 43.7%, 16.1%, and 46.6% respectively).
In 2016, the gross yield of sugar beets rose by 23.8% to 48.3 million tonnes and the post-processing weight of sunflower seeds increased by 15.2% to 10.7 million tonnes “which was due to the growth in the yield capacity of these crops by 18.6% and 6.3% respectively.” At the same time, the gross yield of potatoes decreased by 7.8% due to a reduced yield capacity of 31 million tonnes, whilst the vegetable yield rose by 0.9% to 16.3 million tonnes.
A record 119.1 million tonnes of grain were harvested in Russia, a 13.7% increase on the 2015 level, including 73.3 million tonnes of wheat, which represents growth of 18.6% compared to 2015.