Drought- Affected Production of Other Crops in European Russia Other crops that suffered from the drought in European Russia are fodder crops, grasses, potatoes, fruits, and vegetables. Production of potatoes, Russia’s second staple food product after bread, is forecast to decrease by 30 percent from last year to 22 MMT [vii] . However, recently the government lifted import duties on potatoes, cabbage and buckwheat, and expects potato imports to increase up to 4 MMT.
Consumption of fruits and vegetable in Russia is still lagging behind consumption in the developed countries, and some shortage of fruits and vegetables for consumers in the metropolitan area may be filled by imports. The drought drastically decreased grasses and some other fodder crops in European Russia, including regions with high milk and meat (cattle and pigs) production. The Ministry of Agriculture reported that as of September 8, 2010, Russia was lagging behind last year by 3.7 MMT in procurement of so called rough feeds, such as hay, silage, and straw compared with 38.6 MMT in 2009. Procurement of so called “succulent feeds”, such as green-chop, root crops, etc. decreased from last year by 6.7 MMT to 17.0 MMT.