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Russia expects grain exports more than 20 mln tons

09-14-2011 08:26 BJT

MOSCOW, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Russia's grain exports may exceed a previous official forecast of 20 million tons in 2011, First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov said on Tuesday.

Since a ban on grain export was lifted on July 1, Russia has exported over 7.2 million tons of grain and plans to export three million tons every month for the rest of this year, Zubkov told a government meeting.

"We do not believe that 20 million tons is the limit," Zubkov said.

He added that Russia has so far harvested 74.1 million tons of grain, 2 percent up than the same period in 2009.

"The pace of grain harvesting confirms our initial forecasts, which said that in the current agricultural year the grain yield would amount to some 90 million tons," Zubkov said.

Russia stopped its grain export on Aug. 15, 2010 after a severe drought that destroyed crops in the majority of the country's agricultural regions. The harvest in 2010 was 60.9 million tons, down 37 percent compared to 2009.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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