Sofia News Agency
The grain yield in Bulgaria and Romania in 2008 is expected to be significantly larger than the one in 2007 thanks to the more favorable meteorological conditions.
This predication was made by Bulgaria's Deputy Minister of Agriculture Svetla Buchvarova before the Bulgarian National Radio.
The 2008 grain yield in Bulgaria is expected to be 70% larger than last year's, which will lead to an increase in grain exports.
In 2007 Bulgaria grew a total of 2,4 million tons of grain (the world grain production was 603,5 million tons), whereas in 2008 the expectations are for some 3,5-4 million tons of grain.
Romania's wheat yield might increase twofold in 2008 by reaching 7 million tons. In 2007 Bulgaria's northern neighbor produced 3,5 million tons of wheat, which was 44% less than in 2006.
Romania's Agriculture Ministry has announced that the country might export 1 million tons of grain to Turkey, Egypt, and Middle East states in 2008.
The yield increase will result not only from good meteorological conditions but also from the increased quantity of cultivated land because the farmers are attracted by the higher grain prices.
The world grain production is expected to reach 635 million tons in 2008, which be a 5% increase.