August 22, 2011


Romanian wheat production increases 26% on year 



Romanian wheat harvest reached approximately 7.2 million tonnes this year, rising 26% as compared to the last season, according to the agriculture ministry on Friday (Aug 19).


According to Reuters, the wheat crop in Romania, one of the largest cereal producers in the Black Sea region, was 5.7 million tonnes in 2010.


"This has been a very good year, with average yields rising to 3.65 tonnes per hectare. We also eye a very good season in terms of exports," a farm ministry official handling crop data said.


The official said Romanian farmers have harvested more than 99% of the acreage but output from remaining plots, mostly situated in mountainous areas outside the country's southern grain belt, cannot change the figure.


Romania scored a rare export success in Egypt's international wheat purchase tender on August 4, selling 60,000 tonnes.


This followed a sale in late July in a tender from Syria.


On August 18, Egypt, the world's largest wheat importer, also bought 240,000 tonnes of Russian and Romanian wheat for October 1-10 shipment on a free on board basis, the main government wheat buyer said.


It added that it bought 60,000 tonnes of Romanian wheat from Ameropa at US$278/tonne.

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