Romania’s Wheat Harvest Exceeds Estimates, Minister Tabara Says
Romania harvested 5.8 million metric tons of wheat so far this year, exceeding last year’s total crop as favorable weather helped increase output and the quality of grains, Agriculture Minister Valeriu Tabara said.
The eastern European country, which harvested 83 percent of planted areas by yesterday, estimates total wheat production at 6.7 million tons, 18 percent more than the 5.7 million tons harvested in 2010, Tabara said today at a news conference in Bucharest.
“The quality of the wheat harvested so far is very good,” Tabara said. “We can secure internal consumption and we can also export some of it.”
Romania is seeking to take advantage of higher international prices for grains and increase its exports as its farmers need money to invest in fertilizers and machinery to improve output. The country’s barley harvest is higher than estimated previously, at 758,000 tons compared with a forecast of 712,000 tons, Tabara said. The rapeseed crop is 16 percent higher than anticipated, at 748,000 tons.
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