© Sputnik / Maksim Blinov Moody’s: First Set of US Sanctions Will Have Limited Impact on Russian Economy The Russian president was addressing the workers of agro-industrial sector on their professional holiday. In May, Putin issued a decree outlining the Russian national goals and strategic targets for the period until 2024. Among other tasks, he required the Russian government to increase non-primary non-energy goods exports to $250 billion per year by 2024, while agricultural exports should be brought to $45 billion by 2024. Russian First Deputy Agriculture Minister Dzhambulat Khatuov said Thursday that Russia has to increase its annual grain production level to at least 137.5 million tonnes in order to implement Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decree issued in May. READ MORE: Fitch: Russia ‘Copes Well’ With New US Sanctions, Economy Resilient to Shocks The Russian Agriculture Ministry expects the grain harvest in Russia to fall to about 106 million tonnes in 2018 due to unfavorable weather conditions. In 2017, Russia enjoyed a record-high harvest of 135.4 million tonnes, which was an almost 15 million tonnes increase year-on-year.