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Grain harvest sufficient for food security in Belarus

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This year's grain harvest in Belarus will allow ensuring the national food security in full measure.

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Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats made the statement during his working trip to Gomel Oblast on 22 July, BelTA has learned.

The official said that to ensure Belarus' food security, it is necessary to gather in at least 8.4 million tonnes of grain, of which 1.1 million tonnes will be put into state reserve storage, 6.7 million tonnes will be utilized as forage and 600,000 tonnes will be put aside as seeds, BelTA reports.

“There is no doubt we will be able to accomplish the task. Besides, we will get a certain amount of grain for export,” he said.

As of July 22, about 9% of the lands under cereals and leguminous crops was harvested in Belarus. The total grain yield stood at 660,000 tonnes, with the average yield per hectare at 32.5 centners, 4.5 centners up from 2015. Gomel Oblast agricultural enterprises are the leaders of this year's harvesting campaign, with one third of the grain fields processed in Gomel Oblast.

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