Russia could harvest 90 mln tonnes grain in 2013, export 20 mln tonnes

Russia could harvest 90 million tonnes of grain this year, Arkady Zlochevsky, president of the Russian Grain Union, told reporters.

The country could export 20 million tonnes in the agricultural year from July 2013 to June 2013, Zlochevsky said.

"If we sow as much as [the 28 million hectares we planted] last season and if we don't have any cataclysms with the winter crop, then in average weather conditions we can expect to harvest 90 million tonnes of grain," he said.

Grain exports in the new season will depend on the harvest. "If [we harvest] 90 million tonnes we can easily afford to export 20 million tonnes," Zlochevsky said. The Grain Union forecasts Russia will export 15 million-16 million tonnes of grain this agricultural year, or by July 1, 2013.

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