Bulgaria’s agri min lowers 2020 wheat output forecast

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Bulgaria expects to harvest 4.5-4.9 million tonnes of wheat this year, which represents a decrease of some 25% on an annual comparison basis, agriculture minister Desislava Taneva said on Thursday, lowering the forecast she made in May.

At the end of May, Taneva said that Bulgaria is expected to produce some 5.0 million tonnes of wheat in 2020.

Due to unfavourable weather conditions including drought, this year’s wheat crop in the northeastern Dobrich region, Bulgaria’s breadbasket, is currently 71% lower than a year earlier, Taneva said in a video file published on the website of public television BNT.

Bulgaria has already collected produce from 55% of the wheat-sown area, Taneva said.

Kostadin Kostadinov, head of the National Grain Producers Association said earlier this week that Bulgaria will harvest no more than 4.1 million tonnes of wheat this year.

Bulgaria harvested 6.2 million tonnes of wheat in 2019, according to agriculture ministry data.

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