Russia: grain production lowered by 34,3 percent

Moscow / RU. (ami) As of October 01, agricultural enterprises of all varieties of the Russian Federation (agricultural organizations, farmers and the population) produced 59 million tonnes of grains in bunker weight, a decrease of 34,3 percent compared to the same date 2009, declared the Federal State Statistics Service of the Russian Federation (Rosstat).

Agricultural enterprises, which cultivate 74,6 percent of the general harvesting areas of grains and leguminous plants (without maize) in the country, harvested grains throughout 71,9 percent of the sowings (in the previous year 78,7 percent). Taking into account summer losses of the sowings and usage of some sowing areas to feed aims, agrarians still had to harvest nearly 3,4 million hectares of the sowing areas of grains and leguminous plants (without maize), or eleven percent of the planned areas.

Agrarians harvested sunflower seed throughout 41,4 percent of the planned harvesting areas (36,3 percent in the previous year), fiber flax 74,4 percent of the planned areas (83,4 percent).

The North Caucasian and Southern Federal Districts harvested grains throughout 90,9 percent and 90,8 percent of the planned sowings of grains and leguminous plants, respectively. The Central Federal District harvested grains throughout 81,8 percent of the planned areas, the Siberian and Northwestern Districts 79,3 percent and 74,2 percent, respectively, the Urals and Far Eastern Districts 72,9 percent and 70,7 percent, respectively, the Volga Federal District 49,3 percent of the planned areas.

As of the beginning of October, agricultural organizations sowed winter grains for the harvest 2011 throughout the areas of 7,8 million hectares, down 25,9 percent compared to the previous year (source:

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