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10 August 2020, 09:04

Belarus' grain harvest over 67.9% complete

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MINSK, 10 August (BelTA) – Belarus has harvested nearly 1.5 million hectares of grain and leguminous crops (except for maize, buckwheat and millet), which makes up 67.9% of the plan, BelTA learned from the Agriculture and Food Ministry.

Brest Oblast has taken the lead fulfilling 87.2% of the harvesting plan (294,400 hectares). Gomel Oblast harvested 81.6% of the area (277,500 hectares), Grodno Oblast cropped 75.6% (240,900 hectares), Minsk Oblast harvested 70.4% (341,500 hectares), Mogilev Oblast gathered 52.5% (176,700 hectares), Vitebsk Oblast harvested 42.4% (160,100 hectares).

All in all, as of 10 August, 5.6 million tonnes of grain was threshed across the country with the average yield at 38.1 centners per hectare (in 2019, the yield as of the same date was 32.1 centners per hectare). The 1 million-tonne target was hit by Brest Oblast, Minsk Oblast and Grodno Oblast.

Flax was harvested on the area of 37,000 hectares (76% of the area under this crop).

The second grass cutting was done on the area of 731,000 hectares (89.3% of the plan). Some 709,600 tonnes of hay (70.3% of the plan), 12.437 million tonnes of haylage (98.7%) and 526,400 tonnes of silage (2.75%) 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, 42.5% 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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