Ukraine 2020 spring grain sowing one-third complete — ministry

Ukrainian farmers have sown 4.8 million hectares of spring grains as of April 16 or 32 per cent of the expected area of 15.3 million hectares, the Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture said on April 17.

The sown area included 872,700 hec­tares of barley, 115,500 hectares of spring wheat and one million hectares of corn, the ministry said in a statement.

It said farmers had almost completed the sowing of peas and oats. Farmers also sowed 118,800 hectares of sugar beet, two million hectares of sunflower and 116,500 hectares of soybean.

Ukraine harvested a record 75.1 million tonnes of grain in 2019 while the ministry has said this year’s crop could exceed 65 million tonnes.

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