Russia has always been a great agricultural country. Russian agriculture produces almost all the farm crops known in the world. The total area under cultivation is largely occupied by grain crops such as wheat, maize, barley, rye, oats, etc. The rest is occupied by potatoes and other vegetables, legumes, fruits and industrial crops. In the orchards and fruit gardens one can see plums and apples, pears and peaches and berries of all kinds. Horses, oxen, cows and sheep feed in the meadows. Cattle farming gives us meat and milk. Poultry farming supplies us with eggs and meat.
The current situation of the agricultural system in Russia is more complicated these days. There are no state supported collective and state farms any more as it was during the Soviet period. Now there are agricultural joint-stock companies and individual farming. Russian agriculture has undergone severe economic change. It is rather difficult to survive in conditions of deep economic crisis, especially for individual farmers. But we hope that we will overcome all the difficulties of our times; and, as our agriculture makes steady advances, that will naturally mean better living standards for the Russian people.