Ukraine early grain sowing 51 pct complete
KIEV, April 16 (Reuters) - Ukrainian farmers have sown 1.2
million hectares of early spring grains or 51 percent of the
total area as of April 16, the Agriculture Ministry said on
Farmers have sown 828,000 hectares of spring barley, 265,000
hectares of peas, 67,000 hectares of oats and 70,000 hectares of
spring wheat, the ministry said in a statement.
Farmers plan to sow 7.4 million hectares of spring grains
this year, including about 4.6 million hectares of maize, 1.6
million hectares of barley, 412,000 hectares of peas, 200,000
hectares of oats and 182,000 hectares of wheat.
Ukraine, the world's third-largest grain exporter, said the
area covered by spring and winter grains would exceed 14 million
hectares this year.
Weather forecasters have said current conditions are
favourable for both spring and winter crops.
About 7.3 million hectares of spring grains were sown last
year. The country's 2017 grains harvest totalled 61.3 million
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk
Editing by Edmund Blair)
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