Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 77

Obshchaya gazeta (no.33) suggests that experts at the agricultural ministry now believethat the grain harvest may amount to only 45-50 million tons,far lower than the 79 million tons they had predicted a monthago and well below the 81 million tons harvested last year andthe 99 million tons harvested in 1993. Although it seems unlikelythat the harvest will in fact be that bad, if the ministry iscorrect, Russia will be forced to import massive quantities ofgrain or face a hungry winter.

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