Russia's crop to drop to 75-77m tons

Russia's grain crop will total 75-77 million tons this year against 85.4million tons last year, Agriculture Minister Alexey Gordeyev was quoted assaying in St.Petersburg on Monday. At the beginning of this month, Gordeyevsaid the country would harvest 73-76 million tons of grain this year.Previously, the 2001 harvest was estimated at 85 million tons.Some analysts believe that the true grain crop this year will besignificantly higher than the official estimates, the Russia Journalreported..

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