August 1, 2005


Russia sees year-on-year rise in wheat harvest


The Russian government reported that as of July 26 this year, the country's wheat harvest totalled 18.65 million tonnes, up by 6 million tonnes year-on-year.


According to latest data, harvested wheat areas totalled 5.64 million hectares or 22.1 percent of Russia's 25.5 million hectares to be harvested.


Russia's Southern Federal District had the largest wheat output at 17.17 million tonnes, up by 4.4 million tonnes year-on-year.


Industry reports estimated the country's average wheat yield index this year at 3.31 tonnes/hectare, compared with 3.65 tonnes/hectare the previous year.


Meanwhile, the government forecasts that grain crops would total 76-78 million tonnes in 2005, equaling the level in 2004.

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