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    This summer's severe drought and forest fires destroyed 13.3 million hectares of the country's grain crop, the Russian Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday.

    This summer's severe drought and forest fires destroyed 13.3 million hectares of the country's grain crop, the Russian Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday.

    This amounted to a third of the expected harvest.

    Previous estimates put the figure at 10.8 million hectares.

    Losses amounted to 41.5 billion rubles ($1.3 billion), the ministry said.

    But Russia's domestic needs of 77 million tons will be met regardless, Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik said in September.

    The Kremlin's ban on grain exports has triggered a domestic and global rise in grain prices.

     

    MOSCOW, October 12 (RIA Novosti)

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