July 26, 2012
Ukraine's 2012 corn harvest forecast up 8.7%
Agrarian Policy and Food Supplies Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk has announced at a news briefing that the ministry has raised Ukraine's 2012 corn harvest forecast by 8.7% or two million tonnes.
"We plan to gather twenty-five million tonnes of corn," he said.
As to the minister, the harvest of later grain crops and, specifically, of corn now will depend on the conditions of their development and reaping.
He says there are no reasons to be sceptical about sufficiency of food grain. Gross harvest of grains of 45.3 million tonnes will make it possible to close all planned export contracts, Prysiazhniuk stressed.
As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the Ministry in early July expected to harvest 23 million tonnes of corn in 2012.
Prysiazhniuk on July 18 said the Ministry has narrowed the grain harvest forecast for 2012 from 45 million-47 million tonnes to 46 million-47 million tonnes.
During recent years, Ukraine faced the trend of increasing of corn planting areas, declared Mykola Bezugly, First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, on July 24, according to APK-Inform. According to Bezugly, in the near future the trend will continue developing, as it is primarily beneficial for agricultural producers.
During recent two years Ukraine increased corn planting areas by two million hectares. The trend is a part of the programme "Grain of Ukraine". According to the programme, corn grain will cover one half of the grain produced in Ukraine, said the First Deputy Minister.
According to him, last year Ukraine exported 22 million tonnes of grains, including 14 million tonnes of corn. The export forecast for the present year â€“ 24 million-25 million tonnes, including two-thirds of corn.