This season, the cultivated areas will occupy 1391.2 thousand hectares.
The primary focus will be on crops such as wheat, barley, peas, lentil, rapeseed, and cannabis. In comparison with 2017, the planted areas will be expanded by more than 30 thousand hectares. It is also planned to introduce additional 45,000 hectares of arable land.
The governor ordered to hold a meeting with the heads of the Penza region municipalities next week. The preparation for spring field work will be one of the key issues on the agenda.
“Compile a list of issues that should be relayed to the heads of municipalities, as well as problems that need to be discussed,” Ivan Belozertsev charged Andrey Burlakov, Minister of Agriculture of the Penza region. “The meeting will be arranged in the videoconference mode. We have an opportunity to gather agricultural producers from each district of the Penza region, so that they will speak on the topics relevant for them”.
The head of the region stressed that representatives of the banking sector should also be invited to the meeting, since the issue of granting loans to farmers for the purchase of equipment, replacement parts and fuels and lubricants is of particular importance before the sowing campaign.
In addition, the governor focused on the idea of organising a training workshop for the heads of agricultural enterprises within the meeting.
“We should ask skilled farmers to deliver speeches and to share their best practices, responding to questions of less experienced counterparts,” Ivan Belozertsev summarised.