Meeting with Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev 2018-04-09 14:30:00 The Kremlin, Moscow Vladimir Putin had a working meeting with Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev to discuss the spring sowing campaign. The Minister reported to the President that the spring sowing campaign is fully underway and that barley, flax, rape, soybean and vegetable planting is increasing. The system of subsidised loans is working. Lending already amounts to 114 billion rubles. Answering the President’s question about financial assistance to farmers in their current work related to fertilisers, fuel and lubricants, Alexander Tkachev said that the material and technical issue at the farms is being resolved well this year.