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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kazakh Grain Declines

ALMATY, Kazakhstan () -- Kazakhstan's grain harvest, important to hungry markets such as Russia's, will probably fall far below official forecasts, industry sources said Wednesday.

Crop specialists at the Academy of Agricultural Sciences, who declined to be identified, said 1996 net grain output in the former Soviet republic would slip to 11 million tons, well below official predictions of 13 to 14 million tons.

The Central Asian republic's government has periodically revised downward its outlook for 1996 output. Early predictions of 18 million net tons were cut to 16.5 million and then to 13 million to 14 million last month.