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Russia Needs More Grain Storage

Russia will raise its grain port export capacities to 30 million tonnes a year by July 2010 from 25 million now, but its storage, drying and cleaning capacities are lagging, Arkady Zlochevsky, president of the Russian Grain Union, told reporters Oct. 5.

Russia, which exported around 23 million tonnes in the 2008-09 crop year between July 2008 and the end of June 2009, wants to double exports within 15 years.

Besides building export terminals it also needs new grain storage, drying and cleaning facilities to achieve this target, Zlochevsky said.

“Currently our infrastructure can service with quality only 40 per cent of the 90 million tonnes, which Russia has been producing on average,” Zlochevsky said.

Previously the country built elevators next to flour mills, which stored grain immediately after harvesting and consumed it in the course of the crop year. “Grain should be stored where it is harvested and from there should be shipped to places where it is necessary, as markets are changing.”

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