February 16, 2012
Ukraine lifts 2012 forecast for winter crops replanting area
Ukraine's Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food raised its forecast for winter crops resowing for the 2012 harvest, by 0.5-1 million ha, to 3.5 million ha, stated Nikolai Prysiazhnyuk, Minister of Agrarian Policy.
According to the Ministry, in the spring agrarians will resow winter grains throughout nearly three million ha, and industrial crops, including winter rapeseed, throughout the areas of nearly 0.5 million ha.
The Minister found difficult to forecast the certain volume of grain harvest in the current year, noting that the forecast will be in March, after the end of wintering of agricultural crops sowings.
Previously, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food increased its forecast of possible resowing of winter crops from the level of two million ha to 2.5-3 million ha. However, according to the Ministry, it will be possible to assess the condition of winter crops sowings and the preliminary damage after the increase of air temperatures only.
According the State Statistics Service, Ukraine sowed winter crops for grain and green fodder, including rapeseed, for the harvest of 2012 throughout the areas of 9.4 million ha, an increase of 1.9% compared with the harvest of 2011. The sowing areas under winter grains increased by 3 8% to the level of 8.4 million ha.