Prysiazhniuk: This year's wheat yield grows by a third


This year's wheat yield has grown by more than a third, whereas a yield of corn has risen by 5%.

Ukrainian Agricultural Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk said this at a press conference on Tuesday, a Ukrinform correspondent reported.

"Enterprises that have a wheat yield higher than average by 50% or even by 100% are not uncommon in Ukraine," the official said.

He said that farmers had threshed 23.5 million tons of early grain crops, including 17.2 million tons of wheat, 5.6 million tons of barley and 341,000 of rye. "So we are reaching a record harvest in 2011 - 56.7 million tons," Prysiazhniuk said.

He also said that early grain and leguminous crops had already been threshed on area one million hectares larger than on the same date last year.

Favorable weather conditions can help complete the current harvest season at the optimum time and with minimal losses on the fields, the minister said.

As reported, the Agriculture Ministry predicts that the harvest of early grain and leguminous crops will reach 31-32 million tons.