June 17, 2013


Ukraine to export 26-27 million tonnes of grain



In the next marketing season (July 2013 through June 2014), Ukraine will export about 26-27 million tonnes of grain.


Ukrainian Agricultural Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk made such a forecast at an international conference "ABC: Ukraine and Partners" in Kyiv on Thursday (Jun 13).


"Our expectations are based on 26-27 million tonnes of grain exports," the minister said.


He noted that the Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry had extended a memorandum of cooperation with grain traders on grain exports until the next marketing season.


First Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov said earlier at the conference that the government is insisting on the creation of stable partnership between the state and economic agents on the grain market.


"For this purpose, the Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry and grain traders extended the effect of the memorandum of understanding for 2013. Now we are facing two main objectives - to maintain our positions on traditional markets and expand the geography of sales of Ukrainian export products," he said.


As reported, domestic farmers have supplied over 21.6 million tonnes of grain crops to foreign markets since the beginning of the 2012-13 marketing season (July 2012) as of May 28, 2013, which was two million tonnes more than in the same period of the previous marketing season.