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Yakutia - the new star in Russia's grain production

Якутия - новата звезда в зърнопроизводството на Русия
Container traffic across the Russian Railways network increased by 14.1% in 2023 compared to 2022 to 7.438 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), the Russian rail monopoly said.

"In January-December 2023, 7.438 million loaded and empty TEU containers were transported in all types of services on the Russian Railways network, which is 14.1% more than in 2022. In particular, in domestic traffic, 3 million TEU (+18.1%). The number of loaded containers sent in all types of services increased by 16.7% to 5.437 million TEUs (76.1 million tons of cargo carried, +14%),” the report said.

The increase was greatest in container traffic of grain (2.6 times growth), mill products (2.3 times growth), automobiles and components (2.2 times growth) and fertilizers (2.2 times growth), according to the report .

At the same time, grain production in Yakutia increased by 20% year-on-year to 12,000 tons, the press service of the regional government reported.

"The increase in the gross production of grain in the region is by 20% - up to 12,000 tons, the production of vegetables - by 17% - up to over 30,000 tons, of hay - by 20% - up to about 470,000 tons, the growth in the production of eggs is by 10% - up to 170 million pieces, milk production - by 2.5% - up to over 160,000 tons," the press service reported.

Yakutia is home to 14% of the total number of horses in the country - according to preliminary data, 182,000 animals live there. The region ranks third among the territories of the Russian Federation in terms of the number of domestic deer - 170,000.

In 2023, the record financing of agriculture exceeded 15.8 billion rubles ($177 million). Over the past four years, funds for municipal districts and the city of Yakutsk to support the agricultural sector have increased from 4.3 ($48 million) to 7.3 billion ($81 million) rubles - by more than 70%, where the share of subsidies for local budgets under the state program increased from 40% to 47%.

According to the instructions of the governor of the region, Aysen Nikolaev, from January 1, the subsidy for 1 liter of milk is 65 rubles ($0.7), for private farms - up to 39,000 ($436). Subsidies for grain and vegetable producers have also been increased.

The regional governor ordered the formation of an agricultural network of large sustainable enterprises with modern production capacity, which would form at least 60% of the region's gross agricultural product. Within five years, the region will create at least 15 local manufacturing development zones with new high-performance jobs.

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