MOSCOW, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Farmers are among the Russians being drafted into the military, President Vladimir Putin told a meeting with officials on Tuesday, signalling potential further risks for the 2023 crop.
Autumn is a busy season for farmers as they sow winter wheat for the next year's crop and harvest soybeans and sunflower seeds.
As part of the partial mobilisation, agricultural workers are also being drafted.
I ask you to pay special attention to this issue," Putin told the televised meeting.
Officials have said 300,000 more Russians will be called up to serve as part of the mobilisation campaign.
Some regions bordering Ukraine in the southern and central part of Russia, such as the Kursk region, are major grain producers.
Putin also told the meeting that Russia is on track to harvest a record grain crop of 150 million tonnes, including 100 million tonnes of wheat, in 2022. »