The gross volume of vegetables produced by agricultural organisations in 2015 amounted to 2,852.1 thousand tonnes, according to Rosstat. This amount was an 11.7 percent increase over 2014 with a 10.3 percent increase in yields by 25.5 tonnes per hectare. These statistics include vegetables of Russian agricultural producers in 2015 and made up 112 thousand hectares. The largest volume harvested in 2015 was gathered by farmers of the Moscow Oblast which amounted to 303.9 thousand tonnes, the Krasnodar Krai – 292 thousand tonnes, Volgograd – 217.7 thousand tonnes, Leningrad – 147.8 thousand tonnes, the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria – 116.3 thousand tonnes, Rostov Oblast – 105.8 thousand tonnes and Stavropol Krai – 104.9 thousand tonnes.
Vegetable yields at farms with both open fields and greenhouses grew in 2015 to reach 2,423.5 thousand tonnes, which was a 15.3 percent increase over 2014. The yield per hectare of land stayed approximately the same as last year – 26.6 tonnes per hectare in 2015 and 26.4 tonnes per hectare in 2014. The area of farmland for vegetable production in rural areas and farms in 2015 increased by 14.5 percent to 91 thousand hectares.
The gross harvest of potatoes for agricultural organisations in Russia in 2015 reached record levels, which were last recorded in 1994. The harvest amounted to 4,647 thousand tonnes, or a 22 percent increase in volume compared to 2014. The increase in yield per hectare was 12.7 percent on the year to 23.4 tonnes compared to 20.7 tonnes in 2014.
Regional leaders by harvest volume were Bryansk – 401.5 thousand tonnes, the Tula Oblast – 364.1 thousand tonnes, Moscow Oblast – 346.3 thousand tonnes, and Nizhegorod Oblast– 290 thousand tonnes.
Rural farming communities gathered 2891.8 thousand tonne of potatoes – a 22.3 percent increase on the year. The average yield per hectare also increased on the year by 5.8 percent to 19.6 tonnes.
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