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.”
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