Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Russian farmers harvested 86.4 million metric tons of grains and pulses as of yesterday, about 46 percent more than a year earlier, the Agriculture Ministry said.
The crop was gathered from 85 percent of the planted area, or 37.3 million hectares (92.1 million acres), the ministry said on its website.
The wheat crop reached 53.5 million tons after 86 percent of the sown area was harvested, the ministry said. The barley harvest was 16.8 million tons from 92 percent of the planted area.
About 20.7 million tons of grains were collected in the Southern federal district; 21.2 million tons in the Volga area; 16.4 million tons in the Central federal district; 13.3 million tons in the Siberian region; and 9 million tons in the North- Caucasus district, the ministry said.
The oilseeds crop included 2.6 million tons of sunflower seeds, 534,000 tons of soybeans, and 797,000 tons of rapeseeds, according to the report.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Sept. 27 the grains crop is expected to reach 90 million tons this year. That will meet domestic demand and reinstate Russia as one of the largest grain exporters, he said. The government plans to increase agricultural subsidies to 170 billion rubles ($5.3 billion) in 2012 from 163 billion rubles this year, Putin said.
Russia’s crops were damaged last year by the country’s worst drought in a half century. The figures for grains and oilseeds are in bunker weight, which is the weight before drying and cleaning.
--With assistance from Ilya Arkhipov in Moscow. Editors: John Deane, Sharon Lindores
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