December 4, 2008

Russia reports increased pace of grain exports


Russia exported 9.994 million tonnes of grain between the beginning of the current marketing year July 1 and November 25, including 8.921 million tonnes of wheat, 1.064 million tonnes of barley and 9,000 tonnes of rye, the Agriculture Ministry announced Wednesday (December 3).


The amount of grain exported to date is about double the amount exported a year earlier.


Between November 1 and November 25 grain exports totalled 1.322 million tonnes, including 1.191 million tonnes of wheat, 129,000 tonnes of barley and 2,000 tonnes of rye.


Grain exports in October were 2.445 million tonnes, including 2.194 million tonnes of wheat, 249,000 tonnes of barley and 2,000 tonnes of rye.


The Russian agriculture ministry expects this year's grain harvest to be over 100 million tonnes and grain exports in the 2008-09 marketing year of 20 million to 25 million tonnes.


Russia harvested 82 million tonnes of grain in 2007 and exported 12.754 million tonnes in the 2007-08 marketing year.

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