Harvesting is going on, the quantity and the yield are falling short of expectations

By: STA Date: 2023. 07. 07. 09:00

Harvesting is already underway on 1.8 million hectares; this year’s harvest promises to be better than last year’s extremely tragic year, but it falls short of expectations in terms of quantity and yield – said the State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture (AM) responsible for agriculture and rural development on Friday in Budapest.

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Zsolt Feldman explained at the press conference following this year’s first meeting of the Harvest Coordination Committee: three quarters of the barley has already been harvested, and the wheat harvest has also begun. The condition of autumn-sown ears of corn and canola was also favorable at the beginning of the harvest. After the harvest of three quarters of the winter barley, more than 2 million tons of winter barley are expected, with a national average yield of 5.5 tons per hectare. From the one million hectares of wheat sowing area, roughly 5.5 million tons are expected to be harvested. Compared to the view on the market, the results so far are not considered a record, as they will not reach the levels of 2021 – added Zsolt Feldman, noting that the proportion of fallen stands is high in barley, and that plant diseases have spread more in the recent rainy season. At the same time, rapeseed is in good condition, with a harvest of around 600,000 tons on 189,000 hectares this year.

Zsolt Feldman explained: while last year the drought, this year the Russian-Ukrainian war had an adverse effect on the European grain market, making the situation of farmers unfavorable

Another complicating factor is that European and Hungarian crop price levels have on average halved compared to the 2022 peaks, but costs have increased significantly as a result of the war and sanctions. The state secretary pointed out that the Russian-Ukrainian war disrupted grain trade in the entire Central European region. That is why it is important that Hungary together with its allies – the five EU member states bordering Ukraine – achieved that, according to the EU import ban lasting until September 15, grain and oil crops from Ukraine cannot be marketed in the territory of these countries – he emphasized. He added that they are also trying to stabilize the Hungarian and Eastern European markets with the decision, the extension of which is being advocated for the period after September 15. Zsolt Feldman suggested that farmers pay attention to authentic market information, he noted that “it is not worth waiting for miracles”, but you don’t have to accept every bad offer either.


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