Ukraine harvests 11.8 million tons of grain, says trade union

Ukraine harvests 11.8 million tons of grain, says trade union

Ukrainian farmers have threshed 11.8 million tonnes of grain from the 2022 harvest, the UGA grain traders’ union said on Thursday.

The entity said in a statement that the volume included 8 million tons of wheat with an average yield of 3.52 tons per hectare and 3.5 million tons of barley with a yield of 3.26 tons per hectare.

The UGA said that farmers also harvested 1.7 million tons of rapeseed with a yield of 2.52 tons per hectare.

Ukraine, one of the world’s leading grain producers and exporters, harvested a record 86 million tons of grain in 2021. This includes 42.1 million tons of corn and 32.2 million tons of wheat.

The government said this year’s harvest could drop to about 50 million tons of grains and oilseeds.

Farmers have reduced planting area by about 25% due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and hostilities in some regions.

As a result, grain production could fall and exports remain at about 30 million tons in the 2022/23 season, which runs from July to June.

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