July 12, 2007


Ukraine harvests 7.2 million tonnes grain to Jul 11


Ukraine harvested 7.2 million tonnes of grain to Jul 11 on about 3.9 million hectares, with the average yield of 1.84 tonnes/hectare, the agriculture ministry reported Thursday (Jul 12).


Hot weather and a lack of rain has resulted in reduced yields but has increased crop development. On Jul 12, 2006, only 2.53 million tonnes of grain was harvested with an average yield of 2.55 tonnes/hectare, according to the ministry's reports for the corresponding period last year.


The national weather center Ukrgidrometcentr said in a statement Jul 3 Ukraine's grain harvest this year is unlikely to exceed 25-27 million tonnes, compared with 34.3 million tonnes in 2006, because of the damage done by drought.


In order to avoid grain shortages on the domestic market, the Ukrainian government has imposed a virtual ban on the export of grain until the state reserve acquires sufficient amounts of grain from framers, planned at about 3.5 million tonnes.


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