Ukraine will plant more cereals, less corn and sun seeds in 2022

Emphasis is on spring crops harvested in summer

March 11, 2022

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Ukraine is expected to reduce the area sown to sunseed, rapeseed and maize in 2022 and replace it with cereals – buckwheat, oats, millet, its agricultural producers’ union said on Friday, following the invasion of the country by Russia, Reuters reported.

Ukraine is a major global producer and exporter of grains and vegetable oils, but officials and farmers expect a drop in the 2022 harvest and exports due to the invasion.

“The focus will be on spring crops which will be harvested in summer, because we don’t know what the situation will be (in the future),” Denys Marchuk, deputy head of the Ukrainian Agrarian Council, told local television. .

“For the full nutrition of its population and the armed forces, more emphasis will be placed on buckwheat, peas, those types of crops that will allow harvesting so that Ukraine is fully supplied with food,” he said. he declares.

Ukraine traditionally begins spring fieldwork in late February or March. Farmers say they will start sowing in safe areas as soon as they can.

Deputy Agriculture Minister Taras Vysotskiy said a war-induced fuel shortage would be the main problem for farmers this spring as they had enough seeds to carry out spring planting.

Ukraine has already suspended exports of rye, oats, millet, buckwheat, salt, sugar, meat and livestock in the face of the invasion. It also introduced export licenses for wheat, corn and sunflower oil.

Ukraine, the world’s largest exporter of sunflower oil, predicted before the invasion that it could export more than 60 million tonnes of grain, including 33 million tonnes of maize and 23 million tonnes of wheat, to during the July-June 2021/22 season.

The Agriculture Ministry said Ukraine had exported 43 million tonnes of various grains in the 2021/22 season as of February 23, the day before Russia launched its assault on its neighbour.

Ukraine increased its cereal production by 32% in 2021 to 85.7 million tonnes.

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