Russia’s Ag Ministry does not rule out getting a wheat crop at last year’s level


Ag minister Aleksandr Tkachov expects the Y2017 wheat crop in Russia to be at last year’s level, Zerno On-Line reports.

“Now it is still too early to speculate about the exact amount, but we hope the figures will be more or less at last year’s level,” A. Tkachov told Interfax. On Tuesday, the minister made a working trip to Yaroslav region and took part in a meeting of the governor’s agriculture council.

In 2016, Russia harvested 73.3 MMT of wheat with a total grain crop at 120.7 MMT.

Reportedly, the Ag Ministry forecasts this year’s total grain crop at 100-105 MMT. However, A. Tkachov said last week the crop may exceed 105 MMT in case of favorable weather conditions. Having noted that this figure is lower than last year, he did stress that the harvested grain would be enough for meeting the domestic demand of 70 MMT and exporting the remainder of over 35 MMT.




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