Bulgaria expects high wheat yields in 2022 and strong exports.

On March 1, 2022, a worker will be exhibiting wheat grains at a factory in Beirut, Lebanon. [Mohamed Azakir/Reuters]

Bulgaria expects good wheat yields in 2022, which is in line with last year’s record yields, which will enable sufficient exports, a senior agricultural ministry official said on Monday.

“We expect wheat yields to be close to last year. Whether it will be 6.5 million tonnes or 6.7 million tonnes depends on the sowing conditions in different parts of the country,” the ministry said. Petal Kirowski told Reuters in a telephone interview.

The Black Sea country is one of Europe’s largest wheat exporters, harvesting a record 7.1 million tonnes of wheat last year. This is an increase from 4.7 million tonnes in 2020 and 6.1 million tonnes in 2019, which are particularly poor years.

Bulgaria has an annual domestic consumption of about 1.5 million tonnes and has exported nearly 5 million tonnes of wheat in 2021 so far, Kirowski said.

“Given the expected good harvest this year, we have enough surplus grain to export. More than 4 million tons could definitely be shipped abroad,” he said.

Barley sowing in the Balkans is also in good condition, close to last year’s harvest when farmers consumed more than 680,000 tons of barley, he said. [Reuters]

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