Bulgaria records highest grain harvest in eight years – minister

Bulgaria’s Agriculture Minister Dimitar Grekov said on August 7 that this year’s wheat harvest was the highest in eight years, as quoted by news agency Focus.

“The levels are the highest in eight years, about 4.7 million tonnes of grain. The harvest is also of very high quality,” Grekov said.

The figure included about four million tonnes of wheat and 700 000 tonnes of barley. About 96 per cent of 1.1 million hectares seeded with wheat this year have been harvested already, as well as 99.5 per cent of the 182 500 hectares seeded with barley.

The area seeded with rye was on the rise, but only 9700ha were seeded with rye this year, of which 7100ha have been harvested already, yielding 13 200 tons.

However, the rapeseed harvest this year was disappointing, Grekov said. The yield was 328 000 tonnes with 93 per cent of 145 300 hectares already harvested, he said.

(Photo: Christa Richert/sxc.hu)



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