Belarus: decreased flour products output by 0,2 percent

Minsk / BY. (ami) During January to July period of 2009, enterprises of the bakery department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Belarus produced 390’200 tonnes of flour products, a decrease of 0,2 percent compared to the same period in the previous year. Belarus produced 388’900 tonnes of flour, down 0,2 percent compared to January to July period of 2008, including 256’900 tonnes of wheat flour (up 10,5 percent); 127’700 tonnes of rye flour (down 17,3 percent). Production of flour from oats lowered by 7,3 percent to 595 tonnes; flour from barley output increased by 2,8 times to 1’434 tonnes and flour from buckwheat – by 25 times to 25 tonnes. During the period, composite flour production volumes (based on wheat flour) totaled 850 tonnes; down 3,7 percent compared to the previous year, according to the department. During the first seven months of 2009, Belarus produced 38,5 thousand tonnes of packaged flour; up 4,8 percent compared to January to July of the last year. The bakery department owns 16 flour production enterprises (source: