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Kremlin Lowers Estimate Of Grain Harvest By Millions Of Tons

Russia is one of the world's largest wheat exporters
A Kremlin official says Russia is cutting its grain harvest forecast for this year by millions of tons as the country experiences its worst drought in years.

Deputy Agriculture Minister Aleksander Belyayev on August 3 said Russia is expected to have a grain harvest of 70-75 million tons.

He said the ministry would release a more precise forecast once the harvest starts in Siberia in mid-August.

Russia traditionally is one of the world's top wheat exporters.

compiled from agency reports