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Agriculture Minister: Grain harvest was better than last year, but quality is not as good

Agriculture Minister Stanislav Becík said at a news conference on September 16 that this year's harvest was the longest, most complicated, and most expensive since 2000.

Agriculture Minister Stanislav Becík said at a news conference on September 16 that this year's harvest was the longest, most complicated, and most expensive since 2000.

He specified that the typical rainfall during the summer is 80 to 100 millimeters, while this year it was more than 230 mm. Nevertheless, this year's harvest is on average by 20 percent better than last year, though the quality is not as good due to damage caused by rain and hailstorms, he said. The financial damage to the crops is estimated at about Sk800 million to Sk900 million (€26.56 million to 29.87 million).

The minister stated that this year's harvest of rapeseed was 21 percent higher than last year and reached average yield of 2.53 tons per hectare. Slovakia needs approximately 1.18 million tonnes of wheat annually for its consumption. This year, barley was harvested from an area of 220,000 hectares, with an average harvest of 3.81 tonnes. The average rye crop was 3.29 tonnes per hectare and the harvest of oats was 45,500 tonnes, with an average crop of 2.61 tonnes per hectare. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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