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22 October 2020, 10:58

Only 2.2% of land under potatoes remains unharvested in Belarus

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MINSK, 22 October (BelTA) – Belarusian agricultural workers need to crop the remaining 2.2% of land under potatoes and 22.6% of land under other vegetables, BelTA learned from the updates posted by the Agriculture and Food Ministry.

As of 22 October, potatoes were harvested on the area of 24,500 hectares or 97.8% of the plan. Some 698,400 tonnes of potatoes were cropped (the yield – 284.5 centners per hectare). Some 2.318 million tonnes of sugar beets were harvested on the area of 50,300 hectares (or 61.1% of land under this crop). The yield is 460.4 centners per hectare with the sugar content at 16.17%. As far as other vegetables are concerned, 106,400 tonnes of vegetables were harvested on the area of 4,640 hectares (77.4% of the plan). The yield was 229.1 centners per hectare.

Maize was harvested on the area of 935,400 hectares, or 76.7% of the plan. Belarus harvested 865,000 hectares of maize for silage and fodder (86% of the plan) and gathered 20.514 million tonnes of grass feed with the yield at 237.2 centners per hectare. Harvesting of maize for grain is underway and is 33% complete: 70,400 hectares were harvested, with 484,800 tonnes threshed.

A total of 8,544 million tonnes of grain was harvested in the country, with the average yield of 37.7 centners per hectare (33.8 centners per hectare in 2019). Minsk Oblast harvested 2.1 million tonnes of grain, Grodno Oblast cropped more than 1.6 million tonnes, Brest Oblast over 1.4 million tonnes, Mogilev Oblast more than 1.1 million tonnes, Vitebsk Oblast and Gomel Oblast more than 1 million tonnes.

Some 13.501 million tonnes of haylage (107.1%) and 17.568 million tonnes of silage (91.6%) were stocked. Plans are in place to procure 9.3 million tonnes of fodder units of grass feed, most of them in Minsk Oblast and Brest Oblast. By this time, 96.7% of the plan has been fulfilled.

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