September 21, 2006


Ukraine 06/07 grain export expected to be down 12 percent



Ukraine is likely to export 11.2 million tonnes of grain in the 2006-2007 marketing year, down 1.6 million tonnes from the previous marketing year, according to the government's economic and social development programme for 2007, published Thursday (Sep 21).


Ukraine's 2006 grain harvest is forecast by the government at 37.6 million tonnes, compared with 38.02 million tonnes in 2005.


The government expects grain imports in the current marketing year to increase to 200,000 tonnes from 160,000 tonnes in the 2005-2006 marketing year.


The total amount of grain on offer on Ukraine's domestic market in the 2006-2007 marketing year is forecast at 42.8 million tonnes, down from 44.62 million tonnes from the year-earlier period.


Domestic grain consumption is expected to increase to 27.65 million tonnes from 26.82 million tonnes in the previous season.


Grain left over at the end of the current marketing year Jun 30, 2007, would total 3.95 million tonnes, compared with just over 5 million tonnes at the end of the 2005-2006 marketing year.