Harvested Grain Exceeds 2.4 Mln Tonnes

1,094,800 ha out of a total of 1,120,500 ha under wheat have been harvested, according to preliminary estimates of the Agrostatistics Directorate with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Supply, BTA reports.

Some 25,700 ha could not be harvested due to unfavorable climatic events and fires. Harvested grain exceeds 2.4 million tonnes. Some 193,800 ha were put under barley in 2006. Of these 186,800 ha have been harvested and the yield equals 43,700 tonnes.

Over 84 percent of areas under oil-bearing sunflower have been harvested. They have yielded 459,000 tonnes.

Figures show that 502,200 ha have been prepared for the autumn sowing. 3,300 ha have been cropped with wheat and 66,290 ha with winter barley.

The quality of wheat is satisfactory and comparable to previous years. There is no shortage of seeds, according to data, submitted by the National Grain and Fodder Service. The quality tests cover 45 percent of the estimated production: a total of 1,409 samples from 1,021,701 tonnes of grain have been taken.

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