Rostov, in southern Russia, plans to increase its sowing area to boost grain crops to a stable output of 8 million metric tons a year by 2020, the region’s agriculture ministry said.
To meet the crop target, Rostov will increase the grain planting area from last year’s 2.9 million hectares (7.2 million acres) by 6.7 percent during the next eight years, according to a statement on the ministry’s website yesterday.
Rostov region harvested more than 7.7 million tons of grain last year, or about 8.2 percent of Russia’s total harvest, according to the state statistics service data.
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