Romania has wheat surplus to export, farm min says as harvest nears end

BUCHAREST, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Romania’s wheat harvest is large enough to cover its domestic needs and ensure a surplus for exports, Agriculture Minister Petre Daea said on Wednesday, with 96% of the crop reaped so far.

High temperatures and prolonged drought have affected crops, particularly maize and sunflower seeds, across the country and preliminary ministry data on Wednesday showed damage to 205,257 hectares out of roughly 7 million of grain and oil-producing crops.

Romania is among the largest grain sellers to the European Union and an active exporter to the Middle East.

It reaped a record grain crop in 2021, including 11.3 million tonnes of wheat. Its grain crop is generally two to three times the size of its domestic needs. (Reporting by Luiza Ilie; editing by Jason Neely)