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Unusual Cold Threatens Russian Fruit Crop

The cold weather could lead to fruit shortages.
The cold weather could lead to fruit shortages.
Russian agricultural officials say the abnormally cold temperatures are certain to have an adverse effect on this year's harvest.

In Saratov Kray, where temperatures have dropped to as low as -35 Celsius, First Deputy Minister of Agriculture Anatoly Kutsenko said only about half of the country's grapevines are sheltered by protective earthen barriers.

"Those parts of the grapevines that are above the earthen barriers could perish," he said.

Elsewhere, the problem is much the same.

In Krasnodar Kray, located on the Black and Azov seas, the head of the horticulture and viticulture department, Yevgeny Kritsky, said temperatures have dropped in some places to -31 Celsius and have been accompanied by strong winds.

"As concerns apples and plums," Kritsky said, "it should be expected 10 to 30 percent of them will die off."

Kritsky said just as alarming for the region is the lack of snow, which has sparked fears that more than just the fruit crop will be affected.

The chief agriculturalist of the Rostov-on-Don region, Igor Tatyanko, said the lack of snow cover on the fields, which acts as insulation against the frigid air, means autumn wheat in the area may be ruined.

"As soon as the temperature goes up, we will take the wheat crops for accelerated cultivation to see if the fall crops have survived," Tatyanko said. He added that he feared it would be necessary to simply "plow up the fields and use them for the spring sowing."

In Kalmykiya, where temperatures have ranged between -10 to -20 Celsius, more than 20 degrees below normal, Deputy Agriculture Minister Gennady Ragozin said "the trees aren't damaged but the buds are frozen over and it looks like there won't be a harvest at all."

In Astrakhan, north of the Caspian Sea, officials say as much as 70 percent of fruit from orchards may be lost this year.

In Daghestan, an emergency situation has been declared for the fields and vineyards in the area around the provincial capital, Makhachkala, and 11 other districts.

Daghestani Deputy Minister of Agriculture Bashir Baytemirov called it a "catastrophe" and said damage to the harvest would be measured in the billions of rubles.

Russian agricultural officials concede there will be substantial damage to this year's fruit crop. They said damage to fruits such as strawberries that grow low to the ground will be minimal and that orchards in northern areas of Russia would not be affected, since they grow in areas where temperatures of -30 or -35 Celsius are common.

Compiled from agency reports
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by: Chechen
February 12, 2012 15:28
2 words: Allahu akbar
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
February 13, 2012 06:05
You probably are not a "Chechen", however,
There is indeed a warning from the heavens.
Russia grabbs Georgian Sochi, since Lenin,
Would make Olimpics, legitimized annexing.

They annexed Caucasus, Georgian "Osetia"
And genocidized-cleansed Georgian Abkhazia
They attempt annex and breed Varanga-Prashka.

Many years ago we almost agreed give them a Port,
Novorossiysk, with the deserts, once military bases,
Expelled during Caucasian war, leave Russia "aorta"
To the Sea, and maybe together with Georgia Sochi.

If they wouldn't betray again Ibero-Caucasian World,
According to benevolant interpretation of agreement
Words of Peter the 1st and his unkle Georgian King
It all would end-up well for Caucasus and Russians.

Chosing again an evil way, they making God angree
And send a warning to the very lands Russia annex.
Scientist would say "Polar melting" - I have to agree.
Still, the ways of God are invisible, like cold in years
When German army was frozen, after USSR prays
After 1941 Christmus, or Petrozavodsk sterilization,
After Russia annex Carelian-Finish national republic.

SOCHI OLIMPICS MUST BE CARANTINED -
EVEN HITLER WOULDN'T DARE MAKE OLIMPICS
IN ANY ANNEXED CITY - HE MADE IT IN MUNICH!

WHY RUSSIA CANNOT MOVE OLIMPICS TO VASUKI?
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by: Chechen
February 13, 2012 13:33
"Russia grabbs Georgian Sochi"? You are probably gruzin-chauvinist. Sochi is not and never was Georgian. Sochi belongs to Cherkess people. You can have your "osetia" and "abakaziya" back. We don't want it. We don't care if you massacre them en mass like your half georgian-half osetian commrade Stalin-Dzhugashvilli did with other nations.
The selection by Allah on 23d February 1944 made my people cold-resistant. Those who could tolerate -45C cold survived in the concentration camps where your countryman Stalin-Dzhugashvilli sent us for 13 years. That is why we like cold. Cold is good. Cold makes us even. Allah knows the best, Allahu akbar. The God is great.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
February 13, 2012 22:20
As I suggested, you are probably not Chechen. Russian GRU?
It is Russian stile to turn against each-other victimized nations,
As you do here, trying turn Cherkess, after recognized case
By Saakashvili anger Russia, against "gruzin-chauvinist"!

Your Russian handlers sertainly read on many forums,
Including this one - I have no nation defend my rights,
While being plagiarized, being victim of a quorum
Of Russia and corrupted by it USA and Brits.

Your very language used by GRU-Spetcnaz,
A lying flare of "Klub Veselyh i Nahodchivyh"
That smells like "Cheremushka", nerve gas.
Genocide "osetia" and "abakaziya'' is yours,
By Russian army-GRU of "soobrazitel'nyh"!

Stalin didn't kill but saved - having advisory,
Without any power against Russia, to save
Nations and people, as much as treachery
Of Russia, plotting with Hitler, would allow
And since 1947 he was under house arrest.

Any real Chechen knows Stalin saved them
From coming for genocide Russian armies.
Caucasians like Chechens are too resiliant
To cry like you for -45. The were no camps,
But exciles. Families traveled, visiting them.

The 40 thousands, fighting on German side,
And 2,000 for crimes against Humanity that
To be killed by Khrutchev-Brezhnev outright
Were blackmailed give-up their young men
To genoce-units - expand Russian "empire".

God is with Just - but you talk like Russian.
Sochi was pre-Georgian since the begining
As were then Sochi's and Abkhazia's locals
Before the "Gad"-Adyga and AfroPechenegi
Invaded, later expelled by David the Builder.

Sochi was both - Georgians and Cherkess,
Till Lenin sent Red Cossaks with genocide.
They killed or cleansed Georgians to annex.
Sochi doesn't belong to Russia that expand.
It's why God is angree sending the message.

What makes you angree,
Sochi Olimpics Russian "Munich" impudent expansion,
or my proposition to carantine it?
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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
February 14, 2012 04:04
Hi Kostya!
We all know that without the past there is no present.
That is why some digging into the past, trying to understand what is happening now.
We also know that history is written under the policy of the existing regimes or bandits who are given the power (Abkhazia is an example of it)
On the other hand the constant dripping of the past, will take too much time you want to do something to change things.

SOCHI OLIMPICS MUST BE CARANTINED - I think not only because of Circassian genocide, but also the genocide of Georgians, carried by wild Abkhazians which is Apsua from the North Caucasus migrated to Abkhazia no more than 300 years ago..
so
holding of the Olympic Games in Sochi is impossible because of the neighborhood with illegal racist formation Abhazia- where the crimes were committed against humanity..

Of course the company needs, not the ordinary people who occasionally is floating on the waves of Radio Liberty but politicians and heads of state

And statements like:

,,,,,Athletes of the World!
Do not participate in the Olympic Games in Sochi under your skis and skates the bones of dead Circassians and from Abkhazia heard a moan brutally murdered Georgian- women and children,,,
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by: Konstantin from: Lops Angeles
February 14, 2012 09:53
It is what I said, Vakhtang:

[CIS nations once agreed don'tclaim back Sochi for the time being and leave to Russia port Novorossiysk, surrounded by depopulated desert, where foreign Muslim bases were expelled during Caucasian war, as one of Geo-Strategic solutions, and
"Sochi doesn't belong to Russia that expand" (continuing to expand into Georgian territory and into Northern Caucsus).]

Thank you for elaborating on it.
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by: Bill Wrbb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
February 13, 2012 13:31
synonymous with two English words-death and destruction

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
February 12, 2012 16:14
The cold is certainly bad.
But as it is known that the russian fruit to Russia have nothing to do
All markets of Russia are filled with fruit from China and other Asian countries
In areas where frosts are now raging, first of all alcoholics suffer..because Russia's fruits are not competitive with the Chinese, of these fruits are mainly produced moonshine..
I must say that the quality of moonshine is sometimes better than vodka at the store..
Vodka, beer and wine in Russia in fact is a poison a lot of chemistry and other stuff which is added by bandits -scammers for large revenue..
Therefore Russian alcoholics deprived of moonshine will die from the liquor that sell Russian stores.

by: J from: US
February 12, 2012 21:44
Russian winter is cold. A shock!

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