May 12, 2006


Ukraine's 2006 grain harvest likely to hit 38 million tonnes



Ukraine is likely to harvest at least 38 million tonnes of grain this year, the same as last year despite damage to winter grains by unusually severe winter frosts, the agriculture ministry's press service announced Thursday (May 11), quoting Agriculture Minister Alexander Baranovsky.


Baranovsky said the spring grain planting campaign was nearly finished, with some 1.2 million hectares still to be planted with corn.


Baranovsky also said winter grains were in good condition, despite damage by winter frosts.


He said the loss of winter grains on one million hectares had been compensated by the planting of more spring grains, especially barley, which was in great demand on the market.