9 Aug 2010 19:39

Assessment of damage to Russian agriculture from drought will be ready by next week - Skrynnik

MOSCOW. Aug 9 (Interfax) - Russia's agricultural enterprises will finish a damage assessment of the recent drought this week, Agricultural Minister Yelena Skrynnik said at a meeting of the Government Presidium on Monday.

"We will finish an estimate of the damage this week," she said.

Skrynnik also said that the regions would receive 3 billion rubles that will be given to enterprises for acquiring seeds and equipment.

The minister said that this concerns budget loans allocated to areas such as Tatarstan, which is receiving the necessary funds for its agricultural enterprises.

Skrynnik also said that "constant redistribution of feed favoring regions in need" has been underway. "The situation is difficult but we are dealing with it," she said.

The minister said that her ministry, as instructed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, had prepared all solution for starting distributing grain through the Intervention Fund.