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Russia confirms record grain harvest

Moscow, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Federation achieved a record cereal harvest this year, the head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Dimitri Patrushev, reported.

With these results, Russia will not only have enough grain to feed itself, but will also be able to help countries in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America that have already increased purchases of Russian wheat, Patrushev told the Sputnik news agency.

Specifically, to date, the country has collected 150 million tons of cereals, which means the harvest by a third compared to the previous year, when 120.65 million tons of grain were collected, added the minister.

Wheat crop also broke the record, as 105.3 million tons were produced in 2022, almost 30 million more than in 2021, he noted.

According to the minister, there was also in increase in the barley harvest (24.5 million tons), corn (11.3 million), and rice (944,700).

Patrushev added that the Ministry of Agriculture expected an increase in the grain harvest in Russia in 2022 to 130 million tons, including a record 87 million tons of wheat, but reality exceeded expectations.