As of May 16, 2013, Ukraine boosted exports of grain abroad to 21.3 million tonnes, a 13.9% increase compared to the same period of 2012.
Farmers spent the money obtained from exports of grain crops on the spring sowing campaign, Agricultural Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk has said.
"At present, we exported more grain than in the past marketing year, an increase of 13.9%. A total of 21.3 million tonnes of grain was currently sold abroad, and in the 2011-12 marketing period the figure was 18.7 million tonnes. We are dynamically increasing this figure. Wheat, corn, sunflower and other crops are being actively exported. And we are planning to supply about 24 million tonnes of grain abroad," the minister said.
Ukraine has currently exported 6.8 million tonnes of wheat (4.5 million tonnes in the 2011-12 marketing season), 12.4 million tonnes of corn (11.6 million tonnes in the 2011-12 marketing season) and two million tonnes of barley (2.3 million tonnes in the 2011-12 marketing season).
Prysiazhniuk noted that the increase in grain exports had helped farmers get more money and send it for technical and technological support for the spring sowing campaign. So, this year farmers are significantly better provided with logistical resources than last year, which creates prerequisites for a good harvest of grain crops this year.
The minister also recalled that in the 2011-12 marketing period Ukraine held a 2.6% share in world production of grain crops and a 9.2% share in world trade, which allowed the country to take sixth place among the leading countries exporting grain to the world market.