According to the forecast of the Ministry of agriculture, in 2020, the berry harvest in the commodity sector (agricultural organizations, farms and individual entrepreneurs) will be 19 thousand tons, which is 1.6%, or 0.3 thousand tons, more than last year. Compared to 2018, production will increase by 20% (3.2 thousand tons). Mainly in Russia, garden strawberries (strawberries), currants, raspberries, gooseberries, sea buckthorn, blueberries and honeysuckle are grown and berry harvest in 2020 will reach 19 thousand tons.
Last year, according to the Ministry, the leading regions in berry production in the commodity sector were Kabardino — Balkaria, Altai territory, Oryol and Moscow regions, as well as Krasnodar territory. In Kuban last year, the berry harvest was the largest in the region over the past 10 years. In 2020, about 800 million rubles will be allocated from the Federal and regional budgets to support horticulture, including for planting and caring for berry plants.
A number of regions are developing production not only in traditional berry fields, but also in greenhouse complexes. So, in the Moscow region this year began to grow berries in greenhouses: “Agrokultura group” plans a greenhouse complex with an area of 20 hectares for growing strawberries and other berries, year-round to grow berries will start “TC state Farm elektrostalsky” (the company expects to produce about 3.5 thousand tons of strawberries a year), to engage in berry growing complex “Bogorodskie vegetables”. The first harvest was collected by one of the largest enterprises of the Republic of Crimea — “Yagodnaya Polyana” (5 hectares). A major project for growing berries in greenhouses is being implemented in the Stavropol territory — the company “Taste of Stavropol” in December 2019 launched a complex with an area of 6 hectares, where it plans to collect 840 tons of strawberries a year. Berry harvest in 2020 will reach 19 thousand tons.