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Russia Ministry Cuts Forcast

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MOSCOW/REUTERS Russia’s Agriculture Ministry has downgraded its forecast for this year’s grain output to 90 million tonnes from 97 million tonnes expected previously, Interfax news agency reported May 31. Interfax quoted minister Yelena Skrynnik as saying the gross crop could be 88-90 million tonnes. Previously, the ministry had expected output on a par with last year’s 97 million tonnes.

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