Ministry result

Ukrainian grain exports down 38.6% so far for 2022/23 season, ministry says

Kyiv, July 8 (Reuters)Ukraine’s grain exports in the first seven days of July, the first month of the new 2022/23 season, fell 38.6% year-on-year to 318,000 tonnes, the Ministry of Agriculture said on Friday. ‘Agriculture.

Cereal exports for the 2021/22 season ending June 30 increased by 8.5% to 48.5 million tonnes, driven by strong shipments before Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

Ukraine’s grain exports have plummeted since the start of the war because its Black Sea ports – a key route for shipments – have been largely closed, pushing up global food prices and raising fears of shortages in Africa and the Middle East.

Ministry data showed exports in July included 249,000 tonnes of maize, 52,000 tonnes of wheat and 15,000 tonnes of barley.

The government says Ukraine could harvest at least 50m tonnes of grain this year, down from a record 86m tonnes in 2021, due to loss of land to Russian forces and lower yields grain growers.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk Editing by David Goodman)

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