Belarus: crop conditions in September 2016

Conditions for soil preparation, winter rapeseed sowing and germination across most of Belarussian territory are favorable. In the fields sown with rapeseed in the first half of August, rapeseed germinated and leaf formation has started. Soil is still waterlogged in the north-west of Vitebsk region, according to the observations of Verhnedvinsk weather station. Soil moisture…

Ukraine: Antonov not to reassign An-225 ‘Mriya’ intellectual property rights to China

Ukraine-China cooperation in the Antonov An-225 ‘Mriya’ heavy-lift transport aircraft project boasting a 250-ton payload rules out reassignment of intellectual property rights to China, Antonov State Company said. “The An-225 cooperation agreement between Antonov State Company and Aerospace Industry Corporation of China (AICC) is a sort of a roadmap acknowledging mutual interest in collaboration fostering…

Ukraine: linseed exports up in July 2016

In July Ukraine exported 2.5 KMT of linseed compared with 0.9 KMT in June and 0.4 KMT in July 2015. Since the beginning of season 2015/2016 (September-July) exports reached 37.6 KMT against 24.6 KMT during the same period in season 2014/2015. The current season shows the best results since marketing year 2007/2008, only lagging behind…

Russia: grain output up over last 10 years

Russia has increased grain output by one third, or around 30 million tons, over the last 10 years, Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachyov said. “Grain production in Russia increased by one third over the last 10 years. In absolute figures, this is around 30 million tons, which is comparable with annual volume of Russian grain exports”,…

Russia: over 30 samples of aerospace hardware to be demonstrated at the “Army 2016” Forum

Modern samples of armament and military hardware of the Russian Aerospace Forces will be demonstrated during stationary exposition and dynamic programs of the International military and technical forum “Army 2016”. The Forum will take place in the Patriot park on September 6-11. Visitors of the Forum will see Su-34 multidimensional bombers, Su-35S and Su-30Sm fighters,…

Belarus: measures taken to resume dairy export to Russia

Belarus’ Agriculture and Food Ministry is taking measures to help its three enterprises regain access to the Russian market, Alexander Subbotin, Deputy Agriculture and Food Minister – Director of the Veterinary and Food Supervision Department, said. “Rosselkhoznadzor’s claims are about the quality of registration of the dried milk conformity declarations”, the deputy minister explained. “We…

Russia: rapeseed oil output down

According to the official statistics figures, in 2015/2016 MY (August-July) Russia produced 334.2 thousand tons of crude rapeseed oil, down by 21% compared with the season-2014/2015 (424.7 thousand tons). Most Federal Districts faced the downward trends in production, and only the Volga District demonstrated the growth rates (up by 13%; to 19.8 thousand tons), and…

Russia: 19.5% of Rosneft to be sold this year

There is a chance to privatize Russian oil major Rosneft by the end of the year, presidential aide Andrei Belousov reported. “In accordance with the schedule we should have time to do this”, he said. Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said in late August that the government might have no time to privatize 19.5% in…

Russia: international traffic down in July 2016

Russia’s international traffic fell by 26.6% in July to 3.6 million passengers, according to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia. Total international and domestic traffic reached 10.1 million, down by 10.3% YoY. In January-July Russian airlines carried 48.2 million passengers, down by 8.2% YoY. International traffic dropped by 26.7% to 17 million, domestic increased by…

Russia: Roscosmos to create space robots

Russia’s State Space Corporation, Roscosmos, has announced a tender to create space robots (Kosmorobot) that will assist cosmonauts during their extravehicular activities. The project’s contract price tag comes to 2.4 billion rubles ($36.78 million). This information has been published on the public procurement website. According to the technical design assignment, the robots will have to…

Kazakhstan: spring grain harvesting started

At the beginning of last week weather conditions were favorable for completion of winter wheat harvesting in the South and South East. Crops condition is mainly good and stage of development is full ripeness. In the reporting period conditions were also favorable for growth and development of spring grain crops and grain filling, though short-term…