June 15, 2006


Russia sees lower grain exports in 2006/07



Russia's grain exports in the 2006/07 marketing year are likely to decline to 6-7 million tonnes from the estimated 12 million tonnes in the current marketing year to Jun 30, according to a statement made by the Agriculture Minister Alexey Gordeyev Wednesday (Jun 14), as quoted by the Prime-Tass news agency.


Gordeyev said next year's estimated export figure included grain left over from the current marketing year.


Gordeyev also confirmed the previous estimate by the agriculture ministry that Russia was likely to harvest 70-73 million tonnes of grain in clean weight this year, compared with 78.1 million tonnes in 2005.


Russia exported 11.4 million tonnes of grain between the beginning of the current marketing year Jul 1, 2005 and Apr 30, 2006, compared with 7.4 million tonnes in the corresponding period in the previous marketing year.


Meanwhile, the agriculture ministry also reported that the 2006 spring grain planting is nearly completed, with spring grains planted on 32.1 million hectares, 1 million hectares more than in 2005.


The ministry said winter grains in the current agricultural year were planted on 14 million hectares, 0.7 million hectares less than in the previous year because of adverse weather conditions during the planting campaign.


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