July 4, 2011


Ukraine's 2010-11 grain exports down



Ukraine's grain exports fell 43 % in the 2010-11 marketing year, which ended June 30, the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation (UAC) reported Friday (Jul 1).


According to a statement released by the UAC, 12.1 million tonnes were exported in 2010-11, down from 21.2 million tonnes a year earlier.


Ukraine provided the agricultural world market with four million tonnes of wheat, five million tonnes of corn, and 2.7 million tonnes of barley during the year.


The UAC statement said that, in June, Ukraine exported 1.5 million tonnes of grain.


Ukraine, one of the world's top 10 grain suppliers, imposed export limits in October 2010 after the country's grain harvest dropped dramatically due to drought. It was 39 million tonnes, six million tonnes less than in 2009.


Ukraine is expected to harvest 42-45 million tonnes of grain in 2011. The Ukrainian Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry predicts Ukraine will export 15-18 million tonnes of grain in the coming 12 months. Last year, the government forecast exports at 13 million tonnes.

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