Farm officials from Krasnodar, Russia’s largest grain-growing region, are visiting fields to assess crop damage from floods that killed 171 people over the weekend.
Ministry specialists will estimate possible damage to crops after field visits, Yekaterina Melnik, a spokeswoman for the regional ministry in Krasnodar, said by phone today. The region harvested 11.4 million metric tons of grains last year, or 12 percent of the national crop, government statistics show.
OAO Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port (NMTP) resumed operations after halting activities for about four hours on July 7. The Black Sea port is drying equipment that was flooded and will be ready to load a ship with grains later this week, Mikhail Sidorov, the port’s deputy director general, said by phone from Novorossiysk.
Grain transportation to the port was disrupted after rains damaged the rail connection with the flooded town of Krymsk, he said. After carrying out repairs, OAO Russian Railways halted freight traffic temporarily to give priority to passenger trains, according to Sidorov. The port will use grain from its silo to load ships for now, he said.
Russian Railways closed transportation to Novorossiysk because of a flood-damaged bridge and began to move grain cars to Tuapse instead, Dmitry Pertsev, a spokesman for the state railway monopoly, said by phone from Moscow. Bridge repairs are expected to be finished later today and transportation will be restored with passenger trains given priority, he said.
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