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30 July 2020, 12:03

Over 2.1m tonnes of grain harvested in Belarus

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MINSK, 30 July (BelTA) – More than 2.1 million tonnes of grain has already been harvested in Belarus, BelTA learned from the Agriculture and Food Ministry.

As of 30 July, grain and leguminous crops were harvested on the area of 568,200 hectares, or 25.9% of the plan. Gomel Oblast has taken the lead fulfilling 46.7% of the harvesting plan (158,900 hectares). Brest Oblast harvested 41.5% of the area (140,100 hectares), Grodno Oblast cropped 31.7% (100,900 hectares), Minsk Oblast harvested 21.3% (103,200 hectares), Mogilev Oblast gathered 12.6% (42,500 hectares), Vitebsk Oblast harvested 5.97 % (22,600 hectares).

All in all, 2,169,200 tonnes of grain was threshed across the country with the average yield at 38.2 centners per hectare (in 2019, the yield as of the same date was 32.8 centners per hectare). The target is to harvest 8 million tonnes of grain this year.

Flax was harvested on the area of 23,800 hectares (48.8% of the area under this crop). The second grass cutting was done on the area of 690,500 hectares (84.4% of the plan). Some 619,800 tonnes of hay (61.4% of the plan), 12.077 million tonnes of haylage (95.8%) and 498,400 tonnes of silage (2.6%) 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, 40.8% 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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