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Mongolia says it can fully secure domestic demand for potato, wheat

A potato field in Mongolia, being inspected by experts (Courtesy: International Potato Center)

Mongolia can now fully secure its domestic demand for wheat and potatoes, the country's Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry said Monday.

Mongolia harvested a total 409,600 tons of wheat and 160,900 tons of potato this autumn, respectively up 172,600 tons and 44,500 tons compared with the previous year, the ministry said in a statement.

In addition, the country reaped 93,600 tons of vegetables, 117,800 tons of fodder plants and 19,300 tons of oil plants, respectively up 14,500 tons, 57,300 tons and 7,200 tons compared to the previous year, it said.

Mongolia is the most sparsely populated country in the world, with a population of around 3 million, and a significant portion of the country's population live from breeding livestock.