The Ministry of Agriculture expects an increase in apple harvest within 10 years. In the next five years, the total apple harvest in the country will double, said the first deputy head of the department, Dzhambulat Khatuov.
“Today we consume 3.5 million MT of apple, we produce just over 1 million MT. The existing ambitions suggest that in the next five years we will double the volume of production. <…> And this dynamics, as we see it, will last at least 10 years “, – said Khatuov.
He explained that, among other things, modern technologies that are being introduced by farmers make it possible to increase production volumes: they create new apple orchards using new technologies, most of them based on the principles of intensive gardening.
“The most important thing is the state support measures. <…> The south of the country is Krasnodar Territory, Stavropol Territory, Kabardino Balkaria, Ingushetia, Dagestan, Crimea, Belgorod, Voronezh, Lipetsk are the main players that are growing in production volumes,” the deputy minister added.