bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Friday 26.05.2017 | Name days: Varis, Eduards, Edvards
LatviaLatvia

Yield of cereals declines due to unfavourable meteorological conditions in Latvia

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU716.0 thousand hectares of land were covered with cereals in 2016 – 43.6 thousand hectares or 6.5 % more than in 2015, leading to the largest cereal cropland area observed since 1984.

Due to unfavourable meteorological conditions, the average yield per one hectare fell from 44.9 quintals in 2015 to 37.8 quintals in 2016. Regardless the fact that the second highest yield in the history of Latvia and significantly wider sown areas were reached, in 2016 the total harvested production of grain constituted 2.7 million tons, which is 0.3 million tons or 10.5 % less than in 2015, when the record production –3 million tons – was harvested, according to provisional data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

The harvested production of grain was influenced by higher proportion of winter wheat in the total sown area of cereals as well as in the total harvest production of grain – increase from 43.2 % in 2015 to 46.1 % in 2016 and from 53.1 % in 2015 to 58.6 % in 2016, respectively. The average yield of winter wheat per one hectare comprised 48.0 quintals (55.3 quintals in 2015).

In 2016, the average yield in agricultural holdings the cereal cropland in which exceeded 300 hectares (45 % of the total cereal cropland in the country) reached 45.0 quintals per hectare, harvesting 54 % of the total national grain production.

The average yield of grain in agricultural holdings the sown areas of winter wheat in which exceeded 300 hectares (43 % of the total winter wheat area) constituted 55.1 quintals per one hectare, producing half of the total harvested winter wheat. Out of the total harvested production of winter wheat, 45 % were harvested in Zemgale, where the average yield thereof amounted to 55.5 quintals per 1 ha.

In 2016, totally 2351.1 thousand tons of grain were purchased – 213.7 thousand tons or 8.3 % less than in 2015. Decline in the grain prices in the world commodity exchange as well as the fact that the bulk of the purchased grain met only the fodder quality requirements led to the decline in average purchase price of grain by 7.8 %, as compared to 2015.In 2016, wheat constituted 83.7 % of the total volume of grain purchased (80.5 % in 2015), 47.4 % of which met the food quality requirements (62.8 % in 2015). The volume of purchased rye reduced by 64.8 thousand tons or 53.7 %, also the share thereof in the total volume of rye purchased fell from 75.6 % in 2015 to 50.0 % in 2016.

Compared to 2015, in 2016 the sown area of rape increased by 12.1 thousand hectares or 13.6 %, however, as the average rape yield diminished from 32.9 quintals in 2015 to 27.8 quintals in 2016, the total yield of rape seeds decreased by 11.4 thousand tons or 3.9 %.

The sown areas of pulses continue to grow. In 2016, the total area of pulses increased by 32.1 %, of which the area of field beans rose by 5.4 thousand hectares or 20.9 %. The increase was encouraged by the introduction of a new support payment for climate- and environment-friendly farming practices or agricultural greening.

In 2016, plantation areas and harvested production of potatoes reduced by 6.1 % and 1.2 %, respectively, while the average yield thereof per one hectare grew by 5.2 %.

Last year, 196.6 thousand tons of vegetables were grown, and it is 1.8 thousand tons or 0.9 % more than in 2015. The area and yield of open field vegetables rose by 0.6 %, whereas the average yield thereof remained that same as in 2015 – 225 quintals per hectare. The volume of vegetables produced in greenhouses amounted to 13.6 thousand tons – 5.4 % more than in 2015.

Ref: 224.109.109.2952


Leave a reply

Trade of natural gas to legal clients in Latvia commences

Trade of natural gas to legal clients in Latvia has commenced. Latvenergo’s Elektrum product offers fixed-price contracts for 12-month supply period. The first gas supply contracts have been signed with clients in Latvia, the company reports.

Murniece: the biggest strength of Latvia’s parliament is public involvement

The biggest strength of Latvia’s parliament is the involvement of the public in resolution efforts of matters associated with child and women’s rights, the rights of disabled people, as well as security, tax policy and the European Union, says Saeima speaker Inara Murniece.

Corruption on decline in Lithuania, yet still remains troublesome

To wrap up the findings of a new corruption research ordered by the Special Investigation Service, an institution dealing with financial crimes in Lithuania, the situation is largely improving, yet not as fast as the service wishes.

Ventspils signs agreement with Chinese-Belarusian industrial park Great Stone

Vetnspils Freeport Authority and Ventspils High Technology Park signed an agreement yesterday with Chinese-Belarusian industrial park Great Stone, which is the largest infrastructure development project in Belarus, as reported by the freeport’s representatives.

Resignation filed by arrested Tallinn Deputy Mayor

The Deputy Mayor of the Estonian capital has stepped down from office after being arrested as part of a criminal case into violations of procedural restrictions of Tallinn procurement tenders.

Residents: situation in Latvia is developing in a wrong manner

54% of residents believe the situation in Latvia is currently developing in a wrong manner. A similar situation is noted in relation to the evaluation of the government’s work. 75% of respondents are critical about the government’s work. Only 17% of respondents are positive about the government’s work, according to results of Baltic International Bank Latvian Barometer.

Finance Minister: we have to be ready for flexibility in the reform plan

Currently we have to progress forward with the intended tax reform and prepare for a degree of flexibility, says Latvian Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola.

Zarins: unlike healthcare workers, Latvia’s roads are crumbling silently

Saeima deputy Ivars Zarins has submitted a proposal that offers restoring State Roads Fund and providing it with funding of 80% of excise tax for oil products. It is also proposed to divert income from vehicle operation tax and road use fee.

Price of oil slides 5%, though exporters decide to uphold production restrictions

Oil price has dropped by around five percent, even though oil-exporting countries have decided to maintain production limits until spring 2018.

Experts: role of free trade agreements to increase – especially with Asia

Latvian businessmen are already sufficiently active in several Asian markets. Their experience shows – these markets have great potential, according to representatives of the European Parliament’s Information Bureau.

Trump steps up pressure on NATO’s «indebted»

All NATO member states should pay their fair share of military expenses, has stated U.S. President Donald Trump in a meeting of NATO member states in Brussels.

Sunday expected to be summer-like hot in Latvia

This Sunday is expected to be summer-like hot, whereas the week after will be cold and rainy, as reported by Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Pensioner guide: old people are isolated from society in Latvia

«In my experience with social care, I was surprised by the dominating belief that the only thing old people need is elementary care – some food, a wash and a walk outside. Psychology of old people is something completely alien to people in Latvia,» says initiator of Pensioners Guide in Latvia Nelli Skadina.

SEB: reimbursements paid to nearly 340 loan clients over the past five years

In five years since the signing of the first loan payment insurance contract, reimbursements have been paid to nearly 240 SEB Bank clients who took loans and experienced unexpected difficulties after.

Number of tourists to Riga up 7% in 2017

In the first three months of 2017, a total of 263.5 thousand people were serviced in Riga’s hotels and tourist accommodations. 221.3 thousand of those tourists were foreign guests. Compared with the same period of last year, the number of tourists has grown 7%.

Estonian capital’s Deputy Mayor arrested over waste management dealings

The Deputy Mayor of Tallinn, Arvo Sarapuu, accused of deliberately violating procedural restrictions an especially large scale as part of a criminal case, has been arrested by the Estonian Internal Security Service.

Saeima ratifies convention on restriction for the use of mercury

On Thursday, 25 May, Latvia’s Saeima ratified Minamata Convention on Mercury. The objective of the convention is protecting people and the environment against anthropogenic emissions and leaks of mercury.

Europe experienced foreign investment records last year

Last year, Europe attracted a record large volume of foreign investments with 5,845 new direct investment projects, which is 15% more than the year before, according to results of EY European Attractiveness Survey.

Electric car charging network expands in Latvia to promote «greener thinking»

The once long-away dream of having cars that run on alternative fuel is now a reality – a special infrastructure network keeps expanding in Latvia to make electric cars more popular, says Motors Latvia BMW Group manager Ivars Norvelis.

Estonian Minister steps down after questioning NATO membership

Estonian Minister of Public Affairs Mihhail Korb has stated he resigns from office after saying he is not in favour of NATO membership.

Construction of a fish freezer commences at Ventspils Freeport

Construction work has commenced in Ventspils industrial territory on Talsu Street 200. Latvian National Fisheries Producers' Organisation plans to build a fish freezer facility there, as reported by Ventspils Freeport.

EC: there is a risk tax reform will increase inequality

There is a risk that Latvian government’s proposed tax reform will increase income inequality in the country instead of lowering it, said head of European Commission’s office in Latvia Inna Steinbuka.

Electronic monitoring of convicts will help have nearly EUR 500,000 for Latvia

Latvian State Probation Service believes electronic monitoring of convicts proved itself. This system has helped save nearly EUR 500,000 for the state budget since 2015.

Grandson of Stalin, who dropped Soviet tyrant’s surname, has died

Russian theatre director Alexander Burdonsky, the grandson of the leader of Soviet Communist mass repressions, Josef Stalin, has died at the age of 75.

SRS and LCCI to cooperate in search for most efficient tax payment models

Latvian Chamber for Commerce and Industry and the State Revenue Service have signed an agreement for the development of better solutions he assist the growth of Latvia’s national economy.