Romania’s wheat crop may fall this year after a drought in 2011 that damaged grains, Agriculture Minister Daniel Constantin said.
“The wheat harvest will probably be lower than last year because of a drought in the fall, but not alarmingly so,” he told reporters today during a conference at the government’s headquarters in Bucharest. “We’ll be able to ensure domestic consumption needs without a problem.”
Romania harvested 7.2 million metric tons of wheat last year. Dryness across the country in recent weeks may damage corn and sunflowers, Constantin also said. The 2011 corn harvest came to 11.7 million tons in Romania, the European Union’s fifth- biggest cereal producer last year after France, Germany, Poland and the U.K., according to figures from the bloc.
“We’re going through a profound drought right now, which risks damaging the spring crops, especially corn and sunflower,” Constantin said. “If it doesn’t rain in the following period, we might register pretty big losses.”
Romania’s wheat harvest so far this year is down 20 percent from a year earlier, the Agriculture Ministry said July 10 in a statement. Farmers reaped the grain on 30 percent of planted areas, with quality improving from previous years, it said.
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