Analysts show a 39% reduction in Ukraine’s spring 2022 sowing area


Ukraine’s 2022 spring crop sowing area could be reduced by 39% to 4.7 million hectares due to Russia’s military aggression, agricultural consulting firm APK-Inform said on Tuesday.

Kraine is a major global producer and exporter of grains and vegetable oils, but officials and farmers expect 2022 harvests and exports to drop due to the war.

The country harvested a record 86 million tonnes of grain in 2021, having planted 7.7 million hectares of spring grain last year.

“Following the Russian military invasion of Ukraine and as a result of the ongoing and increasingly active hostile actions in many key areas, there is no physical opportunity to start sowing “, APK-Inform said in a report.

The advisory does not provide a grain harvest forecast for 2022.

It also said that about 2 million hectares of winter wheat, barley and rye sown for the 2022 harvest may be damaged or not harvested due to the war, and only about 5.5 million hectares of crops are available. winter grain can be destroyed.

“It means a 28% loss,” the consulting firm said.

Last week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the country must sow as many crops as possible this spring despite Russia’s aggression.

The country’s Agricultural Producers Association said that farmers are likely to reduce the area sown for cashew, rapeseed and corn this year, replacing it with cereals – buckwheat, oats and millet.

Ukraine traditionally starts field work in the spring in late February or in March but this year’s cold spring has delayed that considerably.

Ukraine suspended exports of rye, oats, millet, buckwheat, salt, sugar, meat and livestock in the face of the invasion, and granted export permits for wheat, corn and sunflower oil. Analysts show a 39% reduction in Ukraine’s spring 2022 sowing area

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