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Russia’s grain export close to record-breaking 50 mln tonnes — expert

February 16, 2018, 21:59 UTC+3 KRASNODAR

Russia can for the first time become the world’s second in grain exports

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KRASNODAR, February 16. /TASS/. Russian grain exports are close to record-breaking 50 mln tonnes, director of SovEcon analytical center Andrei Sizov said on Friday.

"Russia can for the first time become the world’s second [after the US - TASS] in grain exports," Sizov said.

Russia ceded the status of the global export leader in wheat exports to the United States last year but the Agriculture Ministry expects that Russia will regain this status as at the end of this agricultural year [July 2017 - June 2018].

According to expert’s data, Russia exported 48 mln tonnes from the agricultural year start [1 July 2017] until the end of January 2018 versus 37.7 mln tonnes throughout the prior agricultural year.

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