September 29, 2011


Ukraine's export potential up in 2011



Ukraine's grain export potential in 2011 amounts 24-25 million tonnes, according to Mykola Prysiazhnyuk, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, on Wednesday (Sep 28).


According to him, the carry-over stocks in the country totalled 6.2 million tonnes. Taking into account the forecast data that Ukraine will produce over 50 million tonnes of grains, the Ministry can forecast that the export potential of grains in the current year totals 24-25 million tonnes.


The Minister informed that as of September 27 Ukrainian agrarians harvested grains and leguminous crops throughout the areas of 12.3 million hectares. The production volumes totalled 39 million tonnes of grains with the average yield of 31.6 c/ha. Last year the yield totalled 21.6 c/ha.


According to forecast data from regions of Ukraine, in the current year the general harvesting areas total 15.5 million hectares of grain and leguminous crops, including corn. In general, agrarians almost completed harvesting of grains, and produced 22 million tonnes of wheat in registered weight, an increase of 3.2 million tonnes compared to last year; nine million tonnes of barley, up 0.5 million tonnes compared to the previous year, 567,000 tonnes of rye, up 102,000 tonnes compared to last year.


To date, agrarians continue harvesting corn, and harvested the grain throughout 19% of the planned areas. The expected production volumes of corn vary within the range of 17-19 million tonnes, and the Ministry will support exporting of the volume, added M.Prysiazhnyuk.


The Minister also noted that realising of the autumn field works is also the important issue. As of September 27, agrarians sowed winter crops throughout 4.1 million hectare, or 50% of the forecast. Last year on the same date agrarians sowed crops throughout four million hectares.