Belarus 2020 grain crop 97% complete at 7.93 mln T -ministry

KYIV, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Belarus has harvested 7.93 million tonnes of grain from around 97% of the sown area as of Sept. 7, the agriculture ministry said on Monday.

The yield averaged 3.7 tonnes per hectare compared with 3.11 tonnes a year earlier, it said in a report.

The country had harvested 6.5 million tonnes of grain from 98.9% of the sown area by the same date in 2019.

Belarus has said it is likely to increase its grain harvest to not less than 8.2 million tonnes this year from 7.33 million tonnes in 2019 thanks to better weather conditions. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; editing by Jason Neely)

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