Russia's grain, pulses harvest up 46% year-over-year to 86.4 million tonnes as of Sept. 28, Agriculture Ministry says; wheat crop reaches 53.5 million tonnes with 86% of harvest complete, barley totals 16.8 million tonnes with 92% complete

LOS ANGELES , September 29, 2011 () – Russia’s grain and pulses harvest is up nearly 46% year-over-year to 86.4 million tonnes as of Sept. 28, the Agriculture Ministry said, Reuters reported Sept. 29.

The crop was harvested from 37.3 million hectares (92.1 million acres) or 85% of the planted area, according to a report on the ministry’s website.

The wheat crop totaled 53.5 million tonnes after 86% of the planted area was harvested, while the barley crop reached 16.8 million tonnes from 92% of the sowed area, the ministry said.

Around 20.7 million of grains were reaped in the Southern federal district; 21.2 million tonnes in the Volga region; 16.4 million tonnes in the Central federal district; 13.3 million tonnes in the Siberia region; and 9 million tonnes in the North-Caucasus district, according to the ministry, Bloomberg reported.

The oilseeds crop was made up of 2.6 million tonnes of sunflower seeds, 534,000 tonnes of soybeans, and 797,000 tonnes of rapeseed, the report said.

Russia’s grain crop is projected to reach 90 million tons this year, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Sept. 27. The government is planning to increase agricultural subsidies to 170 billion rubles (US$5.3 billion) in 2012, up from 163 billion rubles this year, according to Putin.

The primary source of this article is Bloomberg, New York, New York, on Sept. 29, 2011.

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