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Belarus fulfills over 95% of grain procurement plan

09.09.2020

MINSK, 9 September (BelTA) – Some 777,800 tonnes of grain has been procured in Belarus in line with public procurement contracts, which is 95.8% of the plan, BelTA learned from the updates posted by the Agriculture and Food Ministry.

As of 9 September, grain and leguminous crops (excluding maize) were harvested on the area of 2.119 million hectares, or 96.7% of the plan. Brest Oblast fulfilled 99.5% of the harvesting plan (338,300 hectares). Grodno Oblast cropped 99.5% (320,900 hectares), Minsk Oblast harvested 99.4% (486,700 hectares), Gomel Oblast harvested 98.2% of the area (335,200 hectares), Mogilev Oblast gathered 92.2% (306,300 hectares), Vitebsk Oblast harvested 90.5% (332,000 hectares). Harvesting of buckwheat and millet is also in full swing, with 39.1% and 45.9% of the area under these crops already harvested. Some 53.9% of areas under spring rapeseed were cropped.

All in all, 7.946 million tonnes of grain was threshed across the country with the average yield at 37 centners per hectare (in 2019, the yield as of the same date was 31.1 centners per hectare). Minsk Oblast harvested almost 2 million tonnes of grain. Grodno Oblast cropped more than 1.5 million tonnes, Brest Oblast – over 1.3 million tonnes. The 1 million-tonne target was hit by Mogilev Oblast and Vitebsk Oblast. Gomel Oblast harvested more than 900,000 tonnes.

Flax was harvested on the area of 47,500 hectares (99.8% of the area under this crop).

Some 806,800 tonnes of hay (79.9% of the plan), 13.068 million tonnes of haylage (103.7%) and 3.361 tonnes of silage (17.5%) were stocked. In total, there are plans to procure 9.3 million tonnes of fodder units of grass feed, most of them in Minsk Oblast and Brest Oblast. By this time, 52.6% of the plan has been fulfilled.

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