March 4, 2009

Ukraine grain exports up 42 percent in Feb

Ukraine boosted its grain exports by 41.6 percent to 2.185 million tonnes in February from 1.543 million tonnes in January, agriculture consultantcy UkrAgroConsult said Tuesday (Mar 3).


The consultancy, citing preliminary official data, said wheat exports nearly doubled to 1.052 million tonnes last month from 671,000 tonnes in January.


Barley shipments grew to 387,200 tonnes in February from 258,800 in January, while corn exports increased to 681,300 tonnes from 551,700 tonnes.


Spain was the largest wheat buyer in February at 237,000 tonnes, and the country also bought 2.18 million tonnes of Ukrainian wheat so far in the 2008-09 season, UkrAgroConsult said.


Bangladesh is the second largest Ukrainian wheat importer with 208,100 tonnes.


In February, Ukraine exported barley mostly to Saudi Arabia and Iran. Saudi Arabia has imported 2.1 million tonnes of Ukrainian barley so far this season.


Ukraine harvested a record 53.3 million tonnes of grain in 2008, and plans to export about 25 million tonnes in 2008-09.