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Russia’s total wheat harvest grows 37% to exceed 54 mln tonnes in 2013

December 29, 2013, 1:00 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 29, 0:21 /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s overall wheat harvest went up by 37 percent in 2013, as compared to the bad-harvest year of 2012 (39.7 million tonnes in an initial weight) and reached 54.4 million tonnes, the Russian Agriculture Ministry says in a report.

With due account of failure and render for feeding goals, wheat seedlings were gathered from 23.5 million hectares, or 100 percent of the territories sown with this crop.

In rather a favourable year of 2011, Russia’s wheat harvest was at 59.4 million tonnes, the ministry says.

This year’s gross rice harvest dropped by 20 percent to one million tonnes. Rice was gathered from 100 percent of farmlands (188,000 hectares), the Agriculture Ministry says, adding that the territories amounted to 190,000 hectares in 2012 and 205,000 hectares in 2011. In each of those years, the rice harvest was at 1.2 million tonnes. The rice yield decreased to 5,540 kilograms per hectare in 2013; as compared to 6,180 kilograms per hectare in 2012 and 5,770 kilograms per hectare in 2011.

The Agriculture Ministry also summed up results of this year’s barley harvest. This year’s barley gross harvest grew ten percent on 2012 and reached 16.3 million tonnes, the ministry says, adding that the indicators were at 14.7 million tonnes in 2012 and at 17.7 million tonnes in 2011. With due account failure, barley was harvested from 8.1 million hectares, which ten percent exceeds the territories sown with this crop in 2012 and 2011.

Overall harvest of grains of all kinds amounted to 96.9 million tonnes in the bunker weight. Grain was gathered from 99.7 percent of farmlands as of December 20, 2013. In 2012, Russia’s gross grain harvest amounted to 75.1 million tonnes in 2012 and totaled 97.5 million tonnes in 2011.

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