December 30, 2009


Poor weather to reduce Ukraine grain exports in December



Ukraine's grain exports will drop to 1.5 million tonnes 1.7 million in December from 2.3 million tonnes in November due to poor weather across Black Sea ports.


Ukrainian ports exported 973,000 tonnes of grain during December 1-23, compared with more than two million tonnes during the same time in November, according to UkrAgroConsult agriculture consultancy said in a report.


The volume included 462,000 tonnes of wheat, 461,000 tonnes of corn and 35,000 tonnes of barley.


Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said Ukraine is likely to harvest at least 49 million tonnes of grain this year compared to a record 53.3 million in 2008. Analysts put the figure at 44.4 million tonnes.


The exports could fall to about 20 million tonnes in 2009/10 from about 25 million in 2008/09.


The consultancy said Russia was also likely to cut its grain exports this month to about 1.8 million tonnes.