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4 August 2020

Belarus’ grain harvest over 40% complete

Belarus has combined some 883,200 hectares with grain and leguminous crops (except for maize, buckwheat and millet), which makes up 40.2% of the plan, BelTA learned from the Agriculture and Food Ministry.

Brest Oblast is in the lead fulfilling 59.9% of the harvesting plan (202,000 hectares). Gomel Oblast harvested 58.7% of the area (199,600 hectares), Grodno Oblast cropped 46.7% (148,800 hectares), Minsk Oblast harvested 38.4% (186,300 hectares), Mogilev Oblast gathered 24.5% (82,400 hectares), Vitebsk Oblast harvested 17% (64,100 hectares).

As of 3 August, a total of 3.39 million tonnes of grain was threshed across the country with the average yield at 38.4 centners per hectare (in 2019, the yield as of the same date was 32.5 centners per hectare). The target is to harvest 8 million tonnes of grain this year.

Flax was harvested on the area of 28,800 hectares (59.1% of the area under this crop). The second grass cutting was done on the area of 708,100 hectares (86.5% of the plan). Some 647,600 tonnes of hay (64.1% of the plan), 12.257 million tonnes of haylage (97.3%) and 503,900 tonnes of silage (2.63%) were stocked.

In total, there are plans to procure 9.3 million tonnes of fodder units of grass feed, most of them in Minsk Oblast and Brest Oblast. By this time, 41.5% of the plan has been fulfilled. There are plans to procure almost 19.2 million tonnes of silage, 12.6 million tonnes of haylage (including 1.1 million tonnes in polymer packaging), and 1.01 million tonnes of hay.

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