12 Jul 2010 17:22

Grain crop forecast could be revised to below 85 Mln tonnes - agriculture minister

MOSCOW. July 12 (Interfax) - Russian Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik said the forecast for the grain harvest this year could be revised to below 85 million tonnes.

"I reported last week that we have revised the forecast down to 85 million tonnes. We must recalculate," the agriculture minister told the government presidium.

"And to revise the forecast downward?" Prime Minister Vladimir Putin asked.

The answer was in the affirmative.