World Grain - December 2020 - 24

a conversation with

ALEXANDER
KORBUT

Russian Grain Union vice president discusses the
country's emergence as a grain export leader
by Vladislav Vortonikov

24

World Grain recently interviewed Alexander Korbut,
vice president of the RGU, to get his perspective on the
current state of the Russian grain sector and its prospects for the future.
WG: How would you assess the results of 2020?
Korbut: From production point of view, this year was
quite successful. We have seen a slight decline in corn
production, but the overall harvest is still high at 131
million tonnes, including 83 million tonnes of wheat
and 21.5 million tonnes of barley. These are outstanding results. This year we have also had comfortable prices. They were solid and sustainable. We have not had
a slump in prices, as it often happens at the beginning
of the harvesting campaign. These prices are encouragLQJSURGXFWLRQJURZWKDQGLQYHVWPHQWLQÀRZ:HKDYH
already seen a result of this in the autumn sowing, although there are certain risks associated with drought,
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WG: How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted
the Russian grain industry?
Korbut: Grain production is an inert industry. From
my point of view, the pandemic has brought no direct
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n the 21st century, Russia has transformed itself from
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world in wheat exports two of the past three marketing years. The Eastern European country, which has
nearly 8% of the world's arable land and plans to bring
even more into production, has without question become a major force in the global grain market.
Since its inception 26 years ago, the Russian Grain
Union (RGU) has played an instrumental role in
Russia's rise in prominence in the grain sector. Over
50% of the members of the RGU are grain producers
and enterprises for the storage and processing of grain.
Grain market operators, including infrastructure organizations, make up 25% of the total number of members
of the organization. The members of the RGU, taking
into account regional grain unions, provide about 20%
of the production of Russian grain, more than half of
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the market turnover of grain and over 90% of exports
of grain and its processed products.
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regions of the Russian Federation. Total grain capacity of these enterprises is more than 10 million tonnes,
including grain elevator capacity of 6.8 million tonnes.


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