Russia has always been a great agricultural country. Russian agriculture produces almost all the farm crops known in the world. The total area under cultivation is largely occupied by grain crops such as wheat, maize, barley, rye, oats, etc. The rest is occupied by potatoes and other vegetables, legumes, fruits and industrial crops. In the orchards and fruit gardens one can see plums and apples, pears and peaches and berries of all kinds. Horses, oxen, cows and sheep feed in the meadows. Cattle farming gives us meat and milk. Poultry farming supplies us with eggs and meat.
The situation in Russia’s agricultural system is much more complicated now. There are no state supported collective and state farms ,as there were during the Soviet era. Now there are agricultural joint-stock companies and privatized individual farming enterprises.
Russian agriculture has undergone profound economic change. It is rather difficult to survive in present-day conditions of deep economic crisis, especially for individual farmers. But we hope that our people will overcome all the difficulties of our times, paving the way for our agriculture to make steady advances, that will naturally mean better living standards for all Russian people.