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Extreme droughts reduce yields in Slovakia by 20-30 percent in 2017

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Slovak Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Gabriela Matecna said on Tuesday that extreme droughts would reduce the yields of densely sewn cereals by 20-30 percent this year.

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"Sowing areas for densely sewn cereals were reduced this year from 570,000 hectares to 530,000. All crops save for winter barley, which seems to be stabilised, will see lower yields," said Matecna.

Slovak Agricultural and Food Chamber chair Milan Semancik also pointed out that the extreme droughts that Slovakia has seen will have an impact not only on quantity but also on the quality of production.

"This year's harvest has its own specifics; the drought has done its work. We began harvesting unusually early, some 10-14 days earlier than the norm. That brought about lower production and, to a slight degree, also a quality problem," claimed Semancik.

Despite the output drop, Slovakia does not have the risk of facing a grain shortage, according to authorities.

"Last year's production stood at 3.1 million tonnes, and this year's is expected to be 2.5 million tonnes.

"Our consumption is 1.5 million, so one million will still be left for export.

"We can provide a sufficient amount of grain for food and animal feed purposes in Slovakia," said Semancik.

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