Serbia will export wheat despite lower yield
BELGRADE -- The harvest is nearly complete and the country will have enough wheat for its needs and export, even though the average yield is somewhat lower than last year.
This was announced by the head of the Association "Serbia Grains", Vukosav Saković.
The heavy rain has ruined around 250 000 decares of wheat area, according to Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Dimitar Grekov.
In a Sunday interview for the Bulgarian National Radio, Grekov announced that Bulgaria had anticipated a harvest of 5 million tons of bread wheat, the best yield in 8-9 years, prior to the floods.
This year's wheat yield in Bulgaria is expected to reach 5 M tons, said Agriculture Minister Dimitar Grekov.
This would be the largest harvest for the past several years, surpassing last year's record of 4.7 M tons.
According to Grekov, the main reason for the record yield are the additional 11 M decares sown under bread wheat.
"No food shortage, enough wheat for export"
BELGRADE -- Between 3 and 4 percent of arable land in Serbia was covered in water in the recent floods, but there will be enough food for the country's needs.
The wheat harvest will even yield enough for export, head of the association of grain farmers and exporters Žita Srbije Vukosav Saković told Tanjug on Friday.
BELGRADE - Between three and four percent of arable land in Serbia was covered in water in the recent floods, but there will be enough food for the country's needs, while wheat will even be exported, head of the association of cereal farmers and exporters Zita Srbije Vukosav Sakovic told Tanjug on Friday.
Grain producers in Bulgaria expect 15-20% less crops due to the recent heavy rainfalls which will also affect the prices of wheat and cereal.
Bread producers are worried that the rains will worsen the quality of wheat which will raise the production costs due to the need to use ingredient substitutions, NovaTv reports.