Russia: grain harvest in clean weight totaled 92 mln tonnes - National union of grain producers




In 2011, grain production volumes in the Russian Federation totaled 92 mln tonnes in clean weight against 60.9 mln tonnes last year. The bunker weight totaled 98 mln tonnes of grains, said Pavel Skurikhin, President of the National union of grain producers of Russia, on December 13.

According to him, the country received rather good harvest, it shows the need to work on expanding the infrastructure of the grain market, primarily to improve elevator management and transport logistics.

P.Skurikhin also reported that winter wheat sowing areas for the harvest-2012 total 16.5 mln ha, in most regions the sowing works passed quite favorable, significant losses of winter crops are not currently projected. Though, the present warm weather causes sufficient concern, which may affect the condition of winter crops, he added.

According to forecasts of the Union, the general sowing areas of agricultural crops in the present agricultural year (July 2011 - June 2012) will total 78 mln ha against 76.4 mln ha last agricultural year. The growth will occur mainly at the expense of increasing of the areas under winter wheat, while spring wheat areas will reduce. Sunflower sowing areas will also decrease, P.Skurikhin said. Grain sowing areas will total 46.2 mln ha.