Le Figaro: Russia is expanding its influence in the world through wheat diplomacy

With the help of "wheat diplomacy" Russia is expanding its influence in the world, turning into a "grain empire", writes the French newspaper Le Figaro.

Having become the world's leading exporter of wheat, Moscow has strengthened its presence in the international arena, betting on this grain for the past twenty years. Over the years, Russia has established itself as a key player in the wheat market. Of the 180 million tons exported annually around the world, almost a quarter comes from Russia.

In Russia, 27 million hectares, or about 12% of the world area, are allocated for wheat cultivation. It was on this large asset that Moscow placed its stake in the 2000s.

Vladimir Putin understood that Russia's grain power could create national wealth, jobs and bring currency through exports. Therefore, he changed the logistics of the ports on the Black Sea to be able to sell more

- said Sebastian Abis, director of the Demeter club and an expert at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS).

Over the past 20 years, the volume of wheat grown in Russia has grown 2,5 times and reached almost 80 million tons per year. This is enough to meet the needs of the population and export 50-60%. At the same time, to sell wheat, Russia did not have to go far. It very quickly took over the Middle East and North Africa, representing a third of the world's grain imports, gradually squeezing out the United States and France from there.

These countries need wheat. So they turned to Russia

- explained Abis.

But the countries did not stop at solving only grain issues and began to strengthen ties through military-technical cooperation. According to the expert, now there is no country that can outshine Russia in the export of this cereal. Moreover, Moscow continues to invest in the development of its export capacities and is trying to increase yields.

According to Abis's forecasts, within five years Russia can start growing 100 million tons of wheat per year. This will be enough to conquer other markets as well. And Moscow's ambitions are within reach.
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  1. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
    Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 5 September 2020 19: 29
    Well, God forbid that Fig Ro ( wink ) turned out to be right.
  2. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 5 September 2020 19: 39
    reach the cultivation of 100 million tons of wheat per year.

    And how will this affect the well-being of Russian citizens? The more we sell, the poorer the people. Only the number of billionaires in Russia is increasing. And they are all friends of Putin!
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 6 September 2020 11: 12
      So in Russia everything is not so bad, only the problem is in the state. management and fair redistribution of income from the wealth of Russia (land is also state wealth, as well as subsoil). If 20 years is such a state. governance does not satisfy the majority of citizens of the state, it is time to change governance, better elections ...
  3. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 6 September 2020 04: 14
    Le Figaro: Russia is expanding its influence in the world through wheat diplomacy

    - An old-old tale ... - or rather, an old-old idea ...
    - And under the tsars, Russia "successfully sold" grain abroad; but never got richer ...
    - Yes, and the Russian Volga region (in the "times of the tsars") constantly reminded of the trouble of the "Russian food program" ... - But was there a famine in Europe ... - especially in those countries where tsarist Russia supplied grain ... - personally I don't remember that ...
    - There were famines in Ireland due to poor potato harvest ... - But tsarist Russia with Ireland never had any business ...
    - And today the supply of wheat abroad for Russia is not so profitable ... - The weather conditions in Russia for "this business" are not very suitable ... - and everything is quite expensive ... - It's all expensive for Russia. .. - and expensive fuel (gasoline, diesel fuel, fuels and lubricants); the weather and soil are not very suitable; the processing, harvesting and transportation equipment itself is quite expensive; and for earning and storing grain, only closed premises are needed (all the same unfavorable weather); and the very transportation of grain over long distances (and the transport itself) ... - all this is very expensive ... - Well, how about the next sanctions ... - and again Russia got caught ... - and again will start supplying its grain to dumping prices ... - Another trap ... - a'la Gazprom ...
    - For Ukraine, such a thing is just right ... - there the climate and the land for this seems to have been specially created ... - But Ukraine itself is not moving very much about this ...
    1. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
      Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 6 September 2020 11: 47
      Quote: gorenina91
      For Ukraine, such a thing is just right.

      Only for Ukraine, the lack of tractors and diesel fuel is not just right. KhTZ produces the same amount per year as Lamborghini in Italy. And for the same price. They quarreled with Old Man - and diesel fuel is more expensive than in Poland.
      No wonder they buy bread for Ukraine in Russia.
      1. 123 Offline 123
        123 (123) 6 September 2020 18: 27
        No wonder they buy bread for Ukraine in Russia.

        If only bread, only the Chinese buy more chicken than them. In general, the agrarian superpower pleases with the results of its work. Peremoga is just around the corner. laughing

        For the season 2018/2019 (August-July), a record amount of vegetables was imported to Ukraine - 264,1 thousand tons. This is 27% higher than the previous record held since the 2009/2010 season.