Russia exported 8.6 million tonnes of grain in first eight months of 2013, down 39.1% from year-ago period, according to government statistics; wheat, meslin makes up bulk of exports

MOSCOW , October 18, 2013 () – Russia exported 8.645 million tonnes of grain in January-August, 39.1% less year-on-year, the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) reported on Friday.

The bulk of the exports was wheat and meslin, a wheat-rye blend. Exports of these weighed in at 6.308 million tonnes, 38.7% less year-on-year.

January-August barley exports contracted 42.4% to 1.221 million tonnes, corn - 17.8% to 980,000 tonnes, and rice - 53.9% to 57,000 tonnes.

In August, grain exports were up 25.8% year-on-year at 3.482 million tonnes. Russia exported 3.042 million tonnes of wheat and meslin, up 29.6%, 404,000 tonnes of barley, up 9.9%, 23,900 tonnes of corn, up 6.8-fold, and 5,200 tonnes of rice, down 46.1%.

Rosstat also said that exports of wheat and wheat-rye flour dropped 53.9% to 57,000 tonnes in January-August and 21.5% to 9,300 tonnes in August.

Russia also exported 17,600 tonnes of sunflower seed during the eight months, 93% less year-on-year. Sunflower seed exports were down 35.9% at 400 tonnes in August.

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