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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Harvest Forecasted At 65 Million Tons

Russia confirmed on Tuesday its official forecast for grain output this year of 65 million tons in clean weight, adding that it would have sufficient food grain this season.

"We can guarantee that Russia will cover its needs in food grain, essentially from its own resources, and we will not need [centralized] imports this year," said Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev.

Russia produced 54.7 million tons of grain in 1999.

Gordeyev said that in giving the estimate for this year the ministry had taken into account grain losses.

"We can argue about the [exact] figure, but we have already lost from 10 [million] to 15 million tons of grain for different reasons, but mainly due to a shortage of combine harvesters," he said.

Gordeyev said that in order to have a good grain harvest next year farmers would have to speed up winter grain sowing as they have higher yields than spring grains and account for a substantial part of the total output.