: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukraine expects grain harvest of over 64 mln tonnes

The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food expects that the Ukrainian agrarians in the current year will collect some 64.2 million tonnes of grain, which is 4 million tonnes more than in 2015, with the average yield of 44.8 c/ha, according to the ministry press service.

According to the report, 26.1 million tonnes of wheat will be harvested, which is 435,000 tonnes less than last year.

Corn crops will increase by 2.8 million tonnes to 26.1 million tonnes, barley by 1.2 million tonnes to 9.5 million tonnes, rye by 4,000 tonnes to 395,000 tonnes.

Also, the oats yield will increase by 21,600 tonnes to 510,100 tonnes, buckwheat by 55,200 tonnes to 183,300 tonnes.

According to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, millet harvest in 2016 will be reduced by 24,200 tonnes year-over-year, to 189,100 tonnes, and rice will be increased by 6,400 tonnes to 68,900 tonnes.

As for industrial crops, the agrarians will increase the harvest of sugar beet by 2.8 million tonnes to 13.2 million tonnes, sunflower by 1.7 million tonnes to 12.9 million tonnes, and soybeans by 219,000 tonnes to 4.1 million tonnes.

According to the report, the crop of canola will amount to 1.2 million tonnes, which is 581,000 tonnes less than last year.

It is also reported that the agrarians will increase the collection of potatoes by 50,800 tonnes to 20.9 million tonnes.

Collection of vegetables in the current year will grow by 176 million tonnes, to 9 million tonnes.

According to the ministry, the harvest of fruits and berries will amount to 2.05 million tonnes, which is 102,000 tonnes less y-o-y, and the grape harvest will increase by 13,700 tonnes, to 400,000 tonnes.

As UNIAN reported earlier, last year, according to the State Statistics Service, Ukraine (excluding temporarily occupied Crimea and the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone) collected 60.1 million tonnes of grain and leguminous, which is 5.8% less than the record high in 2014 – 63.8 million tonnes.

In the 2015-2016 marketing year (June 2015 – July 2016), Ukraine exported a record amount of grain – 39.4 million tonnes, breaking the record of 2014-2015 MY in the amount of 34.8 million tonnes. Experts expect that the export of current MY will amount to 41 million tonnes.


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