Russian flour millers appealed to the Government to limit wheat exports
The Russian Union of flour milling and groats enterprises asked Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, to realize containment measures for 3-grade wheat exports under the current legislation terms in the first half of 2014 by substituting the export volumes with wheat of lower qualitative indices. The corresponding letter was published at the website of the Union on December 20.
According to the document, the qualitative characteristics of wheat of the harvest-2013 leave much to be desired. According to monitoring of the Federal State Budgetary Organization Russian Agricultural Center, the quality of grain harvest in 2013 shows that the share of milling wheat totals 72.7%, including 3-grade wheat - 32.7%, and 4-grade wheat – 40%, or nearly 17 mln tonnes and 20 mln tonnes, respectively.
All resources of 3-grade wheat, taking into account the carry-over stocks of previous years and the imports from Kazakhstan, will not to exceed 20 mln tonnes, including nearly 7 mln tonnes of seeds and 5 mln tonnes already shipped for exports. Thus, in 2013/14 MY Russian flour millers will have only 8 mln tonnes of 3-grade wheat for processing at flour, or only 42% of the need for the grain (19 mln tonnes) to produce flour that meets the GOST requirements. Therefore, flour millers have to cover the remaining 58% of the demand (11 mln tonnes) with 4-grade wheat with gluten content of 18-22%.
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