MINSK, 14 November (BelTA) - This year Belarus has harvested almost twice as much buckwheat year-on-year, Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Igor Brylo told a press conference on 14 November, BelTA has learned.
“All our field work is almost at the finish line. This year we have increased the grain and leguminous crops output by 1.5 million tonnes. As for grain, we have increased the volume by 23% year-on-year. The harvest of rapeseed made up 934,000 (up 13%). As for other crops, we have gathered almost twice as much buckwheat – 47,000 tonnes (24,000 tonnes in 2021), millet – 27,000 tonnes (16,000 tonnes in 2021). The harvest of potatoes exceeded 1 million tonnes (the last year's crop stood at 878,000 tonnes,” the minister said.
Belarus is completing the harvesting of sugar beet. "As of today, 4.3 million tonnes of sugar beet have been harvested. This year the harvest is 250,00 tonnes higher than last year. In addition, we cropped more than 160,000 tonnes of flaxseed, which was almost 30% more a year prior," Igor Brylo added.
According to him, the harvest is good and will ensure the country's food security, both to produce bread, flour, pasta, confectionery and also to provide livestock with feed.
"As for export, we mainly sell meat and dairy products. In January-September, agricultural exports totaled $6 billion (up by 26% year-on-year). This year we are set to hit $8 billion in exports," the agriculture and food minister summed up.