The agriculture ministry in Russia’s southern Stavropol region declared a state of emergency in eight of its 26 districts because of drought and is studying damage to crops following hailstorms in six other districts yesterday.
The weather had a “very negative” impact on crops, Andrey Krylovsky, head of the plant cultivation department at the ministry, said by phone today. Another hailstorm is forecast for today, he said, without giving an estimate of the potential grain-crop loss in the region.
Authorities in Rostov, which had Russia’s third-biggest local grain crop last year, declared an emergency in three of the region’s 43 districts because of drought, said Mariam Ananyan, spokeswoman for the regional agriculture ministry, by e-mail today. Dryness in some other eastern and northeastern districts in Rostov affected crops as well, she said.
Rains in June may revive many fields in the Rostov region, where about 2.3 percent of the sown area was damaged by drought, she said. “It is not a critical figure, but of course it will decrease the crop forecast,” Ananyan said. The harvest may be “somewhat smaller than a year earlier,” she said, without elaborating.
Stavropol had Russia’s second-biggest regional grain crop last year after gathering 8.2 million metric tons of cereals, or 8.7 percent of the total national harvest, according to state statistics. Rostov harvested 7.7 million tons, or 8.2 percent of the country’s total crop last year, the data show.
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