Belarus: bakery department enterprises increased cereal production by 5.3%

During January-August 2009, the enterprises of the bakery department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Belarus produced 31 thsd tonnes of cereal products, an increase of 5.3% compared to the same period last year, informed the department.

During the first eight months of the current year, organizations of the department produced 23.5 thsd tonnes of cereals, up 1.5% compared to January-August level of 2008. In particular, the organizations produced 5.9 thsd tonnes of pearl barley (down 7.1% compared to January-August period of 2008), 5.5 thsd tonnes of fine ground barley (down 11.8%), 3.1 thsd tonnes of wheat grits (down 16.6%), including also 2.5 thsd tonnes of semolina grits (down 0.4%).

During January-August of the current year, oatmeal and buckwheat grits production increased by 28.7% (to 3.2 thsd tonnes) and 21.6% (to 5.3 thsd tonnes), respectively.

The plants produced 7.4 thsd tonnes of fast-cooked cereal products, an increase of 19.2% compared to January-August period of 2008.

During eight months of 2009, the organizations of the department packaged 57.6 thsd tonnes of cereal products to small consumer pack, up 4.4% compared to the same period of the last year.



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