Tuesday, 28 June 2022

A Million Tonnes of Wheat Expected This Summer Harvest

ZAGREB, 28 June 2022 - Although a dry spell this spring will have an adverse impact on the yield of wheat and barley in Croatia, the amount of the harvested wheat supplies this summer is likely to be similar to last year's because more areas are under this cereal now than in 2021.

Representatives of the Osijek-Baranja County Chamber of Commerce met with Agriculture Ministry State Secretary Tugomir Majdak on Tuesday. Majdak told a news conference after the meeting that the harvesting season was over at about 60% of the land sown with barley, and that the average yield was up to 7.5 tonnes per hectare.

Wheat harvest is underway in eastern Croatia, and the dry spell led to a 10-20% drop in the yield. However, the area sown with wheat increased to 160,000  hectares and therefore, Croatia can expect a million tonnes of wheat this season.

Croatia needs 400,000-450,000 tonnes, enough for export

In terms of the production of cereals and oil seed plants, Croatia is self-sufficient, but certain disruptions to the market are being caused by the war in Ukraine and increased energy prices, said Majdak.

He believes that the EU grain market is still stable, despite the bans that some countries imposed on their cereals exports.

An executive of the Žito Grupa company, Relja Kovačić said that the yield of the wheat sown by this company ranged between five to eight tonnes per hectare.



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