: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukraine may see record high peas yield in last decade – expert

Ukraine is expected in 2016 to gather a record high peas harvest in the last 10 years thanks to significantly larger areas under this crop and favorable weather conditions, according to the UkrAgroConsult agency`s press service.
”Given the significant expansion of areas sown with peas and favorable agro-meteorological conditions that promise a good harvest, the gross yield of peas this year may become the highest one in the last decade,” UkrAgroConsult quoted grain market analyst Maryna Sych as saying.
With the forecast of only 182,000 hectares sown with the crop, Ukrainian farmers have planted peas on an area of 226,000 hectares, which is a record large area in the last five years, exceeding the planted areas in 2015 by 33%.
”This year, farmers have taken a risk, and that risk would justify itself. The weather conditions during the planting season were favorable, moreover, they let them start the sowing campaign a few weeks ahead of schedule,” Sych noted.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the planted areas for spring grain and leguminous crops amounted to 6.6 million hectares as of May 13, accounting for 90% of the planned areas for this crop.
According to the State Statistics Service, the gross yield of peas in Ukraine last year was about 390,000 tonnes. The yield of grain and leguminous crops totaled 60.1 million tonnes, which was 5.8% down on 2014.


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