FAS/Moscow forecasts Russia’s sugar beet production in 2016/17 at 42 million metric tons (MMT), nearly an 8 percent increase from production in 2015/16. The area planted to sugar beets is forecast to increase approximately 3.6 percent from 1,020 million hectares in 2015, to 1,040 million hectares in 2016. FAS/Moscow forecasts that in MY 2016/17, 41.2 MMT of the projected 42 MMT crop will be processed. Sugar production in MY 2016/17 is forecasted at 5,320 MMT, compared with 5,200 MMT in MY 2015/16. Domestic sugar consumption in 2015/16 is estimated at 5.8 MMT. FAS/Moscow forecasts imports of sugar, in raw equivalent, at 750,000 MT in MY 2016/17. This will include 250,000 MT of raw cane sugar and 500,000 MT of refined sugar (in raw equivalent).