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About 80 million hectares of agricultural lands in Russia is not used as intended. These lands are not sufficiently fertile for growing wheat, soybeans and other crops, but they can be planted forest, said the representative of Greenpeace Alexei Yaroshenko owned by the family Demyan Kudryavtsev, the newspaper “Vedomosti”.
According to him, if planting these lands to the forest, then over time, the volume of timber harvested could be increased by 35 percent to 288 million cubic meters a year. In addition, it would create an additional approximately 97.5 thousand jobs.
Now, however, to grow forest on agricultural areas in Russia is prohibited. For this, the owner could face seizure of land, and a fine in the amount up to 700 thousand rubles.
To change the situation the new rule of the Forest code, which States that agricultural land can be forest, belonging to the development with the targeted use of such lands. Norm will come into force on 1 July. Details the use, protection and reproduction of forests shall be set by the government. At the same time, it is necessary to eliminate the contradiction with the Land code — to add the cultivation of forests in the list of permissible uses of agricultural land.
Currently, according to Greenpeace, most abandoned lands in Bashkiria 4.2 million hectares (30 percent of the region). Followed by Novosibirsk, Tver, Smolensk, Kirov, Nizhny Novgorod region, Tatarstan, Altai and the Perm edge. Closes the list of the Kurgan oblast.
In early may it became known that human activities over the last 50 years have caused harm to entire ecosystems, led to the disappearance or reduction of populations of some living organisms and plants. Due to the depletion of land productivity of the planet has decreased by 23 percent.
In December 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned about the threat of forest loss. According to him, the state fails to restore order in this sphere.
Video, photo All from Russia.