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Russia becomes grain superpower, biggest harvest in nearly 40 years

Staff Writer |
Exports of Russian wheat have grown by nearly a quarter in the first ten months of 2017, according to the country’s agriculture ministry.

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Russia now earns more from agriculture exports than weapons sales.

Wheat exports surged by 23 percent to 10.6 million tons with overall sales of Russian grain up by 28.4 percent to 16.9 million tons.

“This year, Russia will ship hefty volumes of grain to foreign markets.

In particular, exports of wheat may total 32 million tons,” Aleksandr Korbut, vice-president of the Russian Grain Union, told Izvestia daily.

Last year, Russia exported 27.1 million tons of wheat, behind the world leader the U.S. In 2016, Russian farmers had their biggest harvest in nearly 40 years.

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