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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Harvest Likely To Top Previous

Russia expects a better harvest this year compared to last year's drought-reduced crop, but still plans to import 8.1 million to 8.6 million metric tons of feed grain, officials said Thursday.

Last year's grain harvest of 48 million tons was the lowest in decades, prompting Russia to seek food aid from the United States and the European Union.

First Deputy Agriculture Minister Anatoly Mikhalev said at a news conference Thursday that Russia wouldn't have to import grain for human consumption this year, and the harvest was expected to reach around 60 million tons.

Independent analysts have previously forecast this year's grain harvest as only marginally better at 51 million tons after a cold snap in May followed by weeks of drought.

More recently, locusts have devastated crops in some regions.