Russian agriculture is also being squeezed by the West, and Russian lawmakers are expressing concern

2022-09-16 0 By

With only 140 million people, Russia has the largest land area in the world, endless mineral deposits and endless fields, making it seem to everyone that Russians will never starve under any circumstances.What are the facts?Valentina Matviyanko, head of Russia’s Federation Council, recently raised a worried idea: what will happen to our farmers if the West cuts off our seeds?”For potatoes, we produce 15 percent of our seeds, for sugar beets, we produce 20 percent, and for parsley, dill, we import most of our seeds,” matvienko said.Since the ’90s, we have completely destroyed domestic seed production.”Potatoes, extremely productive and adaptable, are one of Russia’s main sources of energy.But Russia now imports most of its high-quality potato seeds.If the supply of potato seeds were cut off in the West, a lot of farmers would be out of business, and the price of agricultural products as a whole would shoot up.Valentina Ivanovna, a member of parliament, sums it up: “In agriculture, we are totally dependent on foreign partners.For example, in the case of chicken, Russian chicken has a 100% guarantee rate, and we even sell offal to other countries.We have beautiful poultry farms with modern equipment, and broilers can meet every need of the Russian people.But the leap forward in poultry farming was made possible by the hatching eggs we imported from the Netherlands, Belgium, the Czech Republic and France.Yes, the foundation of our huge chicken industry comes from the West.”Russia’s meat is mainly pork, chicken and beef.Among them, chicken has the lowest price and is the most important meat food for the bottom people.But Russia’s vast broiler system is based on western eggs, a major agricultural headache in the West.”You can’t help but think of the Soviet Union’s economic experience,” says Igor Abakumov, a candidate for parliament. “Its agriculture was independent of anyone in the world.Yes, during the Soviet Union domestic potato production was 150 cents per hectare, according to the quality of western potatoes at that time, their seed yield was 400-500 cents per hectare.But it’s all yours.At any time in the Soviet Union, we could sow a million hectares of strawberries instead of 300,000 hectares — an unacceptable luxury for Europe.””A lot of money should be invested in agricultural science instead of using modern Western technology,” Russian agriculture expert Vasily Timofeev said.”Agriculture stands on its own two feet, with adequate funding and access to western talent, I think we will be able to secure import substitution in seed production within five years.”What is happening in Russia is a wake-up call for all countries.