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Russia harvests record amount of grain in nearly 40 years

Staff Writer |
Russia harvested a record amount of grain and leguminous crops, 117 million metric tons.

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Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev said that during a round table in the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency.

"Russia has harvested 117 million tons of grain, this is the best result in the past 38 years. Russia harvested more only in 1978 — 127 million tons," Tkachev said.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has declared that the world is headed for record wheat production this season.

With wheat, rice and potentially, after a bumper U.S. soybean harvest, oilseeds all on track for record production, the Rome-based agriculture organisation said food markets are likely to remain “generally well balanced” over the coming year.

FAO has wheat production pegged at 742.4 million tonnes this year, with India, the USA and Russia leading production increases; Russia is poised to overtake the EU as the world’s largest wheat exporter, according to FAO analysts.

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