Bulgaria could see new record wheat crop in 2014 – agriculture minister

Forecasts are that Bulgaria will see five million tons of wheat and between 700 and 800 tons of barley harvested in 2014, Agriculture Minister Dimitar Grekov said on June 18.

His statement, at the start of the harvest in Gorna Oryahovitsa, came after days of heavy rains caused concerns among farmer, and the statement was followed by a night of thunderstorms and torrential rains and hail that damaged crops in various parts of Bulgaria, including the destruction of 150 hectares of wheat, sunflower and tobacco crops outside two villages in the Svilengrad area.

In his June 18 remarks, Grekov said that if expectations were fulfilled, Bulgaria would have a new record wheat crop, after last year’s 4.7 million tons of wheat harvested.

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