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12 August 2020, 13:53

Over 6m tonnes of grain harvested in Belarus

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MINSK, 12 August (BelTA) – More than 6 million tonnes of grain has already been harvested in Belarus, BelTA learned from the Agriculture and Food Ministry.

As of 12 August, grain and leguminous crops were harvested on the area of 1.618 million hectares, or 73.7% of the plan. Brest Oblast has taken the lead fulfilling 91.8% of the harvesting plan (309,900 hectares). Gomel Oblast harvested 85.3% of the area (290,200 hectares), Grodno Oblast cropped 82.3% (262,100 hectares), Minsk Oblast harvested 77.5% (376,000 hectares), Mogilev Oblast gathered 58.7% (197,400 hectares), Vitebsk Oblast harvested 48.5% (183,100 hectares).

All in all, 6.138 million tonnes of grain was threshed across the country with the average yield at 37.9 centners per hectare (in 2019, the yield as of the same date was 32 centners per hectare). Minsk Oblast harvested more than 1.5 million tonnes of grain. The 1 million-tonne target was hit by Brest Oblast and Grodno Oblast.

Flax was harvested on the area of 38,300 hectares (78.8% of the area under this crop).

The second grass cutting was done on the area of 735,400 hectares (89.8% of the plan). Some 719,800 tonnes of hay (71.3% of the plan), 12.48 million tonnes of haylage (99%) and 539,200 tonnes of silage (2.81%) 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, 42.7% 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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