Russian state weather forecaster cuts grain crop estimate -RIA

Russia, the world's largest wheat exporter, has been hit by dry and hot weather

  

MOSCOW- Russian state weather forecaster has cut its estimate for the country's 2021 grain crop by 3 million tonnes to 121 million tonnes after drying and cleaning due to dry weather, the RIA news agency reported on Thursday.

Russia, the world's largest wheat exporter, has been hit by dry and hot weather in part of its central and Volga regions in July, Roman Vilfand, head of science at Hydrometcentre, told RIA.

The agriculture ministry is keeping its forecast unchanged despite unfavourable weather in several regions, it was quoted was saying by RIA.

The ministry sees Russia's 2021 grain crop at 127.4 million tonnes, including 81 million tonnes of wheat.

Russia produced 133.5 million tonnes of grain in 2020, including 85.9 million tonnes of wheat.

(Reporting by Polina Devitt; editing by Edmund Blair and Jason Neely) ((Polina.Devitt@thomsonreuters.com))


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