News » 08.04.2016 - Crimea’s fruit and veg production reduced by half
In 2015, the fruit and vegetable harvest in the Crimea was reduced by almost half compared to the results achieved before the annexation of the peninsula to Russia, as reported by the head of the project "Free Crimea", political analyst Taras Berezovets.
"Statistics show that, in 2015, a total of 213,000 tonnes of vegetables and 66 thousand tonnes of fruit were produced, while before the occupation the figures reached were much higher: 380-480 thousand tonnes of vegetables and at least 100 thousand tonnes of fruit," he reported at a press conference last week in Kiev.
Furthermore, according to the report of the project "Free Crimea", the area of irrigated land in the Crimea decreased tenfold, from 135 thousand to 13.4 thousand hectares.
"Free Crimea" also warned that, looking at all agricultural and livestock products, the Crimea is only able to cover 35% of its food needs.
Prior to the annexation of the Crimea by Russia, the peninsula produced agricultural products worth 6.6 billion UAH a year (224.46 million Euro). With this, the peninsula ranked 19th in Ukraine.