December 27, 2011


Russia may cancel grain purchases on price hikes



In the midst of rising prices, the Russian Agriculture Ministry will likely stop buying interventions on the grain markets of certain regions, Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik said Monday (Dec 26).


The ministry has registered hikes in grain prices in the Urals and Siberian federal districts, Skrynnik said without providing exact figures.


Under the interventions, the government has acquired 279,000 tonnes of grain with the limit set earlier at 1.5 million tonnes, Skrynnik said, adding that the terms of purchasing depend on the volume of offers from agricultural producers.


"Nowadays, the supply volume is shrinking," Skrynnik said.


The government launched purchasing interventions on the grain market on November 29 at between RUB3,900 (US$125.21) and RUB5,000 (US$160.52) per tonne. The government plans to sell the purchased grain back to farmers in January–May 2012.


On December 20, Deputy Agriculture Minister Alexander Petrikov said that domestic agriculture companies had gathered 92 million tonnes of grain in net weight in 2011.

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