The implementation of numerous measures on agriculture development for the period 2016-2020, aimed at ensuring increased yields and productivity of agricultural products, the expansion of cultivated lands for growing fruits and vegetables, resulted in increased volumes of products (services) in agriculture, forestry and fishing at 6.6% compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, growth in crop sector, animal production and hunting also made up 6.6%, in forestry – 1.8% and in fisheries - 21.6%. The rise in volumes of products (services) in the above spheres is due mainly to the significant increase in crop and animal production, hunting and services in these areas, according to the press-service of the State Statistics Committee.
The share of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the structure of gross value added for the Republic amounted to 17.6 percent.
Due to systemic measures to further increase production volumes and expand the range of food crops, as well as ensure on this basis the complete satisfaction of the needs of the population in food products, some 8263,8 thousand tons of grain crops were produced in January-December 2016 throughout the Republic. That is 87.2 thousand tons or 1.1% more than the corresponding period last year.
Potato production in the Republic amounted to 2958,3 thousand tons (109.7%), vegetables - 11272,5 thousand tons (111.3%), melons - 2045,2 thousand tons (110.4%), berries - 3042,7 thousand tons (110.8%) and grapes - 1735,3 thousand tons (109/9%).
Consistent implementation of measures to further increase the capacity of the livestock industry, as well as provided systemic support by state contributed to the growth of the cattle population, saturation of the domestic consumer market with animal products. Over the past period, all categories of farms of the Republic produced 2171,8 thousand tons of meat (6.8% more than the corresponding period last year), milk - 9703,3 thousand tons (7.5%), eggs - 6111,7 million pieces (10.6%).
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