World climate change contributes to the growth of farmland in Russia, being one of the factors in the development of the Russian agrarian sector.
Over the past fiscal year (from July 2016 to June 2017), Russia exported 27.8 million tons of wheat, and next year Russia’s wheat exports could reach 31.5 million tons, which could help keep world leadership in this indicator. The total wheat production can reach 80 million tons, compared with 73 million last year.
“But what provoked this boom in the export of Russian wheat? First of all, global warming, which leads to an increase in the area under cultivation in the north.It is estimated that since the late 80s temperatures in the areas of cereal growing in Europe and Asia will grow by 1 , 8 degrees, and by 2050 – by 3.9 degrees, “- says the agency Bloomberg.
This factor, coupled with technological progress, should lead to an increase in acreage of 140 million acres, which stopped using after the collapse of the USSR, the article says.
Climate change is helping Russia in another way – while American and Australian producers are suffering from a prolonged drought, Russia is conquering Asian markets by launching wheat exports to Nigeria, Bangladesh and Indonesia. The main advantage in this case was the lower price of Russian grain compared to European and American.