November 24, 2010


Latvia's 2010 grain harvest 20% less on-year


Latvia's 2010 grain harvest, at 1.3 million tonnes, was 20% less than the previous year, the agriculture ministry said Tuesday (Nov 23).


Latvia did not have the severe drought of neighbouring Russia, but high temperatures affected grain quality and reduced the density of crops. Rain at harvesting season also hit crop quality.


Agriculture Ministry officials said the harvest came in at 1.31 million tonnes, compared with 1.66 million tonnes in 2009, and expectations for 1.75 million tonnes.


Neighbouring Baltic state Lithuania said its grain harvest was 3.1 million tonnes. Estonia said in August it expected crops of 0.9 million tonnes.