Farmers are among Russians being drafted into the military, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday at a meeting with officials, noting possible further risks for the 2023 crop.
Russia is the world’s largest wheat exporter. Fall is a busy time of year for farmers as they sow winter wheat for next year’s harvest and harvest soybeans and sunflower seeds. Winter cereal sowing has already been significantly delayed by rain.
“I would also like to reach out to regional leaders and managers of farms. Farm workers are also drafted as part of the partial mobilization. Their families need support. I ask you to pay special attention to this issue,” Putin told the television session.
The announcement on Wednesday of Russia’s first public mobilization since World War II, amid what Moscow is calling its special military operation in Ukraine, has sparked a rush to the border from eligible men and uneasiness among the general public.
Officials said 300,000 more Russians will be called up to serve in the mobilization campaign. Some regions bordering Ukraine in the southern and central parts of Russia, such as the Kursk region, are important grain producers.
Putin also told the meeting that Russia is on track to harvest a record grain crop of 150 million tons in 2022, including 100 million tons of wheat.
https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/news/farming-news/farmers-among-russians-drafted-into-the-military-putin-says-42023119.html Peasants among the Russians drafted into the military, says Putin