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Black Sea grain exports to nearly double

Combined grain exports from Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan in 2008-09 are likely to nearly double to 46.4 million tonnes from 24.7 million in 2007-08, a leading analyst said Oct. 2.

Anastasia Ivasenko from APK-Inform consultancy told an international grain conference that wheat sales alone from the three biggest Black Sea region exporters would total 33.2 million tonnes this season. She gave no comparison for last season.

Ivasenko said an increase in the combined 2008 grain harvests to about 161 million tonnes was the main reason for the higher exports.

She said that in 2008 Russia was likely to harvest 98.4 million tonnes of grain, including 60 million of wheat, while the Kazakh crop total would be 14.5 million tonnes, including 12.7 million of wheat.

Ukraine, Ivasenko said, could harvest 48 million tonnes of grain this year, including 24 million of wheat.

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