December 30, 2011
Russia to hit 2011 grain export goal
Russia's grain export will reach the earlier forecast of 18 million tonnes by the end of 2011.
"According to the Federal Customs Service, as of now Russia has exported 17.9 million tonnes of grain. I think by the end of the year we shall reach the forecasted figure of 18 million tonnes," said Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov.
He confirmed that, on the basis of the results of the agricultural year, which will end on 30 June 2012, grain exports may reach 24 million tonnes.
According to Zubkov, this result was achieved thanks to a good grain harvest this year. On Thursday (Dec 29) the Federal State Statistics Service announced that gross grain harvest in net weight was 93.8 million tonnes, compared with 60.9 million tonnes in 2010.
Currently Russian grain is supplied to 84 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. "In effect, Russia is today supplying grain to nearly half of the world," Zubkov said earlier, stressing that Russia had managed to fully restore its positions on the world grain market and to join the top three wheat exporting nations of the world.
In addition, Russia has begun exporting sunflower oil and sugar, its exports of poultry are also on the rise.