Photo by Media Center Ukraine – Odesa: Pavlo Koval, General Director of the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation
April 4, 2023, 15:09

There will be no deficit: Ukrainian farmers expect 45 million tons of grain harvest

This is less than it was last year, but there are no grounds for threats to Ukraine’s food security. Pavlo Koval, general director of the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation, told about this at a briefing at Media Center Ukraine – Odesa.

“There will be no deficit. According to the experts, we expect a harvest of 45 million tons of the grain group. This is slightly less than it was last year, and much less than it was in the record-breaking 2021. But such volumes will be enough to guarantee food security and create a significant export potential,” – Pavlo Koval said.

He added that Ukrainian farmers have sown 4 million 100 thousand hectares of winter wheat.

“If 4 million hectares of these crops were overwintered, we will harvest 16 million tons. Ukraine’s demand for food wheat is 3.8-4 million tons. That is four times more than necessary. But not everything will be of the required quality. Even if there is 8-10 million tons of food wheat, these will be reserves for three years,”  – the expert noted.

He also added that there are transitional remains of wheat and barley from 2022, and in some farms even from 2021.

“That’s why we need to think about expanding logistics channels, and not about threats to food security. Including providing fodder grains for livestock and poultry farming,” – the expert added.

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