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Extreme weather delays Mongolia’s spring cultivation

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2019/06/18

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Extreme weather delays Mongolia’s spring cultivation

The official date for the start of the spring cultivation in Mongolia, was 8 May; however, in many regions, it has been delayed due to extreme weather.

As of 21 May, cultivation has taken place over a total of 182.9 thousand hectares, of which cereals account for 156.6 thousand hectares (wheat in 149.4 thousand hectares), potatoes for 6.4 thousand hectares, vegetables for 1.4 thousand hectares, fodder plants for 3.3 thousand hectares and oil plants for 15.1 thousand hectares. In the context of the country as a whole, this represents: the sowing of cereals is running at 40.6 percent, potatoes – at 46.5 percent and vegetables – 16 percent.

This year, a total combined area of 478 thousand hectares will be cultivated for crops, including 387 thousand hectares for cereals of which 368 thousand hectares for wheat, 32 thousand hectares for fodder plants, 29 thousand hectares for oil plants, 13.8 thousand hectares for potatoes, 8.9 thousand hectares for vegetables and 7.3 thousand hectares for fruits and berries.

Over 1560 entities, 950 cooperatives and 16 thousand households in 14 aimags (provinces) are currently undertaking cultivation, reported the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry.

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