Russia has sufficient grain to feed itself despite a severe drought, Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik reiterated Sept. 7, adding that grain stocks estimates have been revised up to 26 million tonnes.
The Kremlin and top economic officials have been at pains to reassure the public, already feeling the inflationary effects of the drought and worried about shortages despite a ban on grain exports.
“There will be enough grain for food and for the feeding of animals,” Interfax news agency quoted Skrynnik as saying.
She added that the country’s grain stocks estimates have been revised up to 26 million tonnes from 21.7 million.
Agriculture Ministry spokesman Oleg Aksyonov said 26 million tonnes was based on the latest available data, which did not include volumes the ministry has said farmers may be hiding.