Russia: wheat exports up in August 2016

According to preliminary data, in August Russia exported 3217.7 KMT of wheat, up by 7.7% YoY. Over two months of season 2016/2017 wheat exports from Russia increased by more than 10%, to 4771.9 KMT against 4324,2 KMT in July-August 2015/2016 MY. Turkey, Egypt and Bangladesh remained the main importers during this period. In August, Russia…

Russia: grain harvest forecast lowered

In the current year, the general grain harvest in Russia will not exceed 113 million tons in clean weight, the Director of the Department of plant growing, chemicalization and plant protection at the Ministry of Agriculture Petr Chekmarev announced. The Ministry lowered the forecast of maximum harvest volumes from 116 million tons to 113 million…

Russia: July-September 2016 GDP close to zero

The growth of Russia’s gross domestic product (GDP) excluding seasonality was close to zero in July-September, while in annual terms GDP contracted by 0.4-0.7%, the Central Bank said in a research note. “The GDP growth is estimated at close to zero in the third quarter compared with the previous quarter and excluding seasonality”, the research…

Belarus: Mogilevliftmash investments in production development up in January-August 2016

OAO Mogilevliftmash elevator plant says it has invested Br6.3 million ($3.234 million) in production development in January-August, up by 7.9% YoY. The money spent on equipment purchases account for 83% of the total investment – Br5 million ($2.567 million): Mogilevliftmash purchased 8 units of equipment, including a paintshop for supersized parts (by Spain’s LAGOS S.A.),…

Azerbaijan: IBA to be privatized

The ultimate goal of recovering the International Bank of Azerbaijan is to reduce its assets and liabilities and the bank’s privatization should be the next step, Azerbaijan’s Finance Minister Samir Sharifov said. He noted that the bank’s recovery was quite a difficult process and it was too early to talk about its completion. “Unfortunately, the…

Russia: corn exports to hit record

Corn harvesting in Russia is gaining pace. This grain harvest has been gathered from about 20% of the intended area, but it is already clear now that Russian corn production will be record high. The starting yields pleased producers. Moreover, as harvesting proceeds, corn productivity increases. Given the expansion of corn acreage in the country…

Belarus: BelAZ launches $17.8 million facility

On September 23, BelAZ heavy-duty truck manufacturer launched its newly-built trimming and acceptance shop supplied by Italy’s IMEL S.p.a., a BelAZ representative reported. The total value of the project stands at $17.8 million. The 3,800-square-metre facility is intended for painting parts and aggregates of dump trucks with 30-450 ton cargo capacity. The Belarusian Automobile Plant…

Belarus: Belaruskali potash fertilizer output down in January-August 2016

The state-owned OAO Belaruskali produced 3.799 million tons of potash fertilizers (in terms of 100% potassium chloride) in January-August, down by 17.3% YoY, Belarus’ National Statistical Committee (Belstat) said in an official report. In August alone Belaruskali’s potash fertilizer output increased by 3.7% YoY, to 622,800 tons. Belaruskali’s potash fertilizer inventories stood at 87,800 tons…

Ukraine: groat exports down

During five recent years, Ukraine reduced the exports of groats by nearly 15% per year in terms of fierce competition between the Russian Federation, Belarus and Kazakhstan, the Director of the Association “Millers of Ukraine”, Head of Business Projects Division of APK-Inform Agency Rodion Rybchinskiy declared. At the same time, he noted that Ukraine significantly…

Ukraine: autumn weather regime entered

Second half of September was moderately warm with air temperature close to norm. Cyclone system, which arrived to Ukraine at the beginning of last week, went through all the territory of Ukraine and changed summer regime into autumn. Intensive rains were observed all over the country early in September. In Polesye and Forest Steppe zones…