Monday, August 22, 2011

Romania’s Wheat Production Rose 23% to 7.12 Million Tons in 2011

Romania’s wheat harvest increased 23 percent to 7.12 million metric tons this year on favorable weather that boosted grain quality, Agriculture Minister Valeriu Tabara said.

Wheat was planted on almost 2 million hectares (4.9 million hectares), and about 99 percent of harvesting is complete, Tabara said in a phone interview today. The wheat crop last year was 5.77 million tons, according to the ministry. This year’s crop was estimated by the ministry at 7 million tons in May.

Romania is seeking to take advantage of higher international grains prices and boost exports, and there are plans to put 4 million tons of wheat in reserve for overseas shipments, Tabara said.

“The corn harvest looks also very good and will most likely exceed 10 million tons, more than the 9 million tons harvested last year,” Tabara said. “The sunflower seeds output will also rise to about 1.6 million tons from 1.3 million tons last year.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Andra Timu in Bucharest at atimu@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James M. Gomez at jagomez@bloomberg.net

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