Mykola Solskyi, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform
January 4, 2023, 14:57

We Expect a Smaller Harvest in 2023 Than in 2022 Generally, Due to Decrease in Corn Sowing Volume — Minister of Agrarian Policy

This year, Ukrainian farmers expect a smaller harvest than last year, for a number of reasons. Mykola Solskyi, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, told in detail about them at the press conference in Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“The decline in the total harvest in Ukraine will occur for several reasons. First, the main crop that produced the largest yield was corn. There are risks to reducing the volume of its sowing for several reasons. The first one is a lack of funds, because the crop is expensive in sowing, it requires a lot of nitrogen fertilizers. They are quite expensive now and, given the manufacturers’ position and subtle aspects in this area, are likely to remain expensive. The second problem is that this year, due to the weather, power cuts, and attacks, a fairly large volume of corn is being harvested in winter. This means that the fields will not be properly prepared for spring. Many farmers will not want to sow corn there and will switch to sunflower and soy — this is always genetically less yield per hectare than corn. Therefore, we expect a smaller harvest for these reasons generally,” the Minister explained.

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