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Record-high grain harvest last year

 RIGA, Feb 18 - In 2012, for the first time in Latvia's history, grain harvest reached 2.1 million tons, a 50.5 percent increase on 2011, according to the Central Statistical Bureau's data.
The yield of cereals grew to 37 quintals per hectare.

The area of cereal cropland comprised 574,600 hectares in 2012 - the largest area in the past 18 years, 48,000 hectares or 9.1 percent more than in 2011. The share of cereal cropland in the total sown area constituted 51.2 percent in 2012.

The sown area of winter cereals increased by 67,800 hectares or 27.9 percent as compared to the previous year, of which winter wheat - by 57,100 hectares or 28.4 percent, and rye - by 8,600 thousand hectares or 30.7 percent.

In turn, the sown area of spring cereals decreased by 19,800 hectares or 7 percent.

Winter wheat had the largest share or 57.5 percent in the total production of cereals. The average yield from one hectare reached 47.3 quintals in 2012. 1.2 million tons winter wheat was harvested in 2012 - 602,600 tons or 97.4 percent more than in 2011.

1.711 million tons of cereals grown in Latvia were purchased in 2012, 650,300 tons or 61.3 percent more than in 2011. Wheat constituted 83.4 percent of the purchased grain - an increase of 563,900 tons or 65.3 percent, of which food wheat grew by 289,500 tons or 47.6 percent.

70,200 tons of rye was purchased in 2012, or 2.2 times more than in the previous year, of which food rye - 74,700 tons or 2.9 times more.

The average purchase prices of grain continued to grow, affected by the high grain prices on the world's stock markets. The average grain prices grew from LVL 134.70 per ton in 2011 to LVL 145.62 per ton in 2012.
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