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    Russia's Agriculture Ministry will soon start selling grain from its intervention fund to the regions which have suffered most from the ongoing drought, the head of the ministry's crop production and plant protection department said on Friday.

     

    Russia's Agriculture Ministry will soon start selling grain from its intervention fund to the regions which have suffered most from the ongoing drought, the head of the ьinistry's crop production and plant protection department said on Friday.

    "In the near future we will start selling grain from the intervention fund to the regions which suffered from the drought," Pyotr Chekmaryov told a regional government meeting.

    The intervention fund did not hold as much grain as the government wanted, he added.

    "We do not have that much feed grain [just 3.5 million tons]. The intervention fund holds a total of 9.5 million tons. There is a total of 21 million tons on the market," he said.

    MOSCOW, July 30 (RIA Novosti)

     

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