MINSK, 19 July (BelTA) – Belarus will be well-supplied with food grain and cereals this year thanks to the new harvest, BelTA learned from Belarusian Deputy Agriculture and Food Minister Vladimir Garkun.
According to the source, the state will buy over 800,000 tonnes of food grain. No shipments are being made for now because the mass harvest of cereal crops has yet to begin. The mass harvest is identified as the moment when at least 5% of the area under crops has been harvested. Vladimir Garkun said: “I think the state-guaranteed order will be fully met. The population will be well-supplied with food grain and cereals. There will be sufficient amounts of brewer's barley and grain to make alcohol.”
BelTA reported earlier that as of 19 July cereals and leguminous crops (excluding corn, buckwheat and millet) were harvested from 52,000 hectares, which is 2.43% of the designated area. A total of 258,900 tonnes of grain was threshed in Belarus, with the average yield at 49.9 centners per hectare.