Media: global warming makes Russia into an agrarian superpower

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Global climate change contributes to the growth of farmland in Russia, being one of the factors in the development of the Russian agricultural sector, writes on Thursday the Italian newspaper La Stampa.

The newspaper reminds that in the past fiscal year (July 2016-June 2017) Russia exported 27.8 million tonnes of wheat, and next year, according to estimates by the U.S. Department of agriculture, the Russian wheat exports may reach 31.5 million tons, which can help to maintain its global leadership on this indicator. Total wheat production may reach 80 million tons, compared to 73 million last year.

«But what caused this boom of Russian wheat exports? First of all, global warming, which leads to an increase in acreage in the Northern direction. It is estimated that since the late 80-ies of the temperature in the grain growing areas in Europe and Asia to 2020 will grow by 1.8 degrees by 2050 and 3.9 degrees,» writes the Italian newspaper, referring to the Agency Bloomberg.

This factor, coupled with technological advances should lead to an increase in acreage by 140 million acres, which have ceased to use after the Soviet collapse, the article says.

Climatic changes help Russia in another respect — while American and Australian manufacturers are suffering from the lingering drought, Russia conquers the Asian markets, began exporting wheat to Nigeria, Bangladesh and Indonesia. The main advantage in this case is the lower price of Russian grain compared to European and American.

«Maybe one day … the grain will replace hydrocarbons as the primary source of profit for Russia. In fact, the Kremlin is counting on the development of science and technology, more than on acreage — this previously announced Putin. Of course, technology can and should contribute to the production of agricultural products and food in General, but despite the numerous allegations of self-sufficiency in light of the sanctions war with the West, Russia continues to heavily depend on foreign food supplies,» notes La Stampa.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated over the situation in Ukraine. Western countries have imposed a series of sanctions against Russia, Moscow has retaliated.