December 27, 2011
Russia sells 17-million-tonne grain
As of Monday (Dec 26), the grain exports of Russia amounted to 17 million tonnes, Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik said.
Also, Russia's exports of sunflower oil were at 170,000 tonnes, whereas sugar exports reached 80,000 tonnes as of Monday, Skrynnik added.
Skrynnik also reiterated that Russian grain exports are expected to be at 25 million tonnes in the current agricultural year, which ends on June 30, 2012.
Russia's harvest of winter crops may reach 40 million tonnes, up 5% on the annual average harvest over the past five years, Skrynnik also said.
Winter crops for the 2012 harvest were sewn to 16.1 million hectares with possible losses expected to amount to 6â€“7%, according to Skrynnik.
"That is why, if we could yield winter crops on an area of 15.1 million hectares, that would be a normal area for the harvest after passing the winter months," Skrynnik added.