Russia expects bumper harvest

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Russian officials are predicting a bumper grain harvest this year which, if realised, would save the country from using Western credits to buy imports, Helen Womack reports from Moscow. The federal hydrometeorological service predicted a harvest of up to 110 million tonnes, compared with 106.8 million tonnes last year. The state procurement agency, Roskhlebprodukt, issued an estimate of 125 million tonnes.