Ukraine's grain harvest 93% complete, confirms crop decline: government

Ukrainian farmers have harvested 49.5 million tons of grain in 93% of the projected area for the 2022 harvest, the Ministry of Agriculture said on Friday, 6.

The ministry said in a statement that farmers had harvested 10.7 million hectares of crops, with an average yield of 4.64 tons per hectare. It said that farmers have completed the 2022 wheat and barley harvests, getting 20.2 million and 5.8 million tons respectively.

The total volume also included 22.1 million tons of maize, harvested in 81% of the predicted area with a productivity of 6.48 tons per hectare.

In 2021, Ukraine harvested 32.2 million tons of wheat and 9.4 million tons of barley. The ministry said a drop in production in 2022 was caused by hostilities in the country's east, north, and south regions.

Ukraine has sown more than 6 million hectares of winter wheat for the 2022 season, but a large area has been occupied after the Russian invasion and only 4.9 million hectares have been harvested in Ukrainian-controlled territory.

The ministry said farmers had also harvested 10.5 million tons of sunflower seeds in 99% of the planted area and 9 million tons of sugar beet in 99% of the area.

The government has said Ukraine could harvest about 51 million tons of grain this year, down from a record 86 million tons in 2021, due to the loss of land to Russian forces and lower yields.

Source: Novacana