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Belarusian Sugar-Beet Harvest Rose to 4.5 Million Tons This Year

November 16, 2011

Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Belarus’s sugar-beet harvest rose to 4.5 million metric tons this year, a 17 percent increase compared with a year earlier, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food said today on its website.

“Once we dreamed about harvesting 3.5 million tons of sugar-beet, now we are approaching 5 million,” Aleksandr Lukashenko, president of the former Soviet republic, said yesterday during a tour of the Minsk region, according to comments on his website.

Belarus will produce 580,000 to 590,000 tons of sugar from domestically grown beets this year, Mikhail Rusy, the country’s minister of agriculture and food, said during a meeting with Lukashenko yesterday. About 220,000 to 280,000 tons of sugar will be exported to Russia, according to the president’s website.

--Editors: John Deane, Sharon Lindores

To contact the reporter on this story: Aliaksandr Kudrytski in Minsk, Belarus at akudrytski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net; Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net


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