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14 August 2020, 10:19

About 6.5m tonnes of grain harvested in Belarus

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MINSK, 14 August (BelTA) – About 6.5 million tonnes of grain has already been harvested in Belarus, BelTA learned from the Agriculture and Food Ministry.

As of 14 August, grain and leguminous crops were harvested on the area of 1.74 million hectares, or 79.3% of the plan. Brest Oblast has taken the lead fulfilling 95.5% of the harvesting plan (322,400 hectares). Gomel Oblast harvested 89% of the area (302,800 hectares), Grodno Oblast cropped 88.6% (282,200 hectares), Minsk Oblast harvested 84.2% (408,100 hectares), Mogilev Oblast gathered 64.8% (218,000 hectares), Vitebsk Oblast harvested 54.7% (206,600 hectares).

All in all, 6.582 million tonnes of grain was threshed across the country with the average yield at 37.8 centners per hectare (in 2019, the yield as of the same date was 31.9 centners per hectare). Minsk Oblast harvested more than 1.5 million tonnes of grain. The 1 million-tonne target was hit by Brest Oblast and Grodno Oblast.

Flax was harvested on the area of 40,200 hectares (82.5% of the area under this crop).

The second grass cutting was done on the area of 740,000 hectares (90.4% of the plan). Some 730,500 tonnes of hay (72.3% of the plan), 12.534 million tonnes of haylage (99.5%) and 565,800 tonnes of silage (2.95%) were stocked.

In total, there are plans to procure 9.3 million tonnes of fodder units of grass feed, most of them in Minsk Oblast and Brest Oblast. By this time, 42.9% of the plan has been fulfilled. There are plans to procure almost 19.2 million tonnes of silage, 12.6 million tonnes of haylage (including 1.1 million tonnes in polymer packaging), and 1.01 million tonnes of hay.

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