Russia has imposed a ban on grain exports after a severe drought and a series of wildfires devastated crops.
According to a government decree signed by Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, on August 5, the ban will extend from August 15 up until December 31, although he has indicated it may even extend beyond that date.
The order came into force on Sunday, with the government battling to keep down prices of basic foodstuffs amid a record drought.
Russia, the world's number three wheat exporter last year, has already warned that its grain harvest this year will be just 60-65 million tonnes, compared to 97 million tonnes in 2009.
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