The total crop of cereals harvested in Latvia last year, according to provisional data, has increased by 53.8% or 1.1. million tonnes from 2018 and amounted to 3.163 million tonnes, which is the highest total cereal crop in the history of Latvia, the data of Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia show.
The average cereal productivity from one hectare in 2019 reached 42.6 quintals, which is the second highest cereal productivity in the history of Latvia since 2015, when the productivity reached 44.9 quintals from a hectare. A record high export of cereal products of 2.8 million tonnes to the value of EUR 518 million was also reached.
The Central statistical Bureau indicates that the total crop of 2019 was facilitated not only by the high productivity figures, but the increase in cereal areas – cereals were grown in 742,300 hectares, which is a 51,400 hectares or 7.5% increase from the previous year, which is the largest area under cereals in the history of Latvian agriculture.
The data shows that the total amount of cereals purchased in 2019 was 2.4 million tonnes, which is by 699,200 tonnes or 40.1% more than in the previous year. The average purchase price of cereals decreased at the same time – from EUR 168.34 per tonne in 2018 to EUR 155.97 per tonne in 2019 or by 7.3%.
Information source: LETA, Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia