Ukrainian Grain Exports Fall Due to Cold Weather
Friday, 17 February 2012 | 12:55
Ukrainian grain exports for February will fall below January’s 1.92 million metric tons due to freezing weather, researcher ProAgro said, citing the Agriculture Ministry.
About 430,000 tons of grain were exported in the first 10 days of February, ProAgro said. About 2 million tons of grain were expected to be shipped, news website Delo said, citing Mykola Prysyazhnyuk, agriculture minister, earlier this month.
Bad weather has slowed everything from transporting grain on land to shipping, with vessels only able to move behind ice- breakers, ProAgro said yesterday, citing Serhiy Kvasha, head of the Agriculture Ministry’s agriculture markets department.
Shipments in the first 10 days of the month included 414,000 tons of corn and 11,000 tons of wheat, Kvasha said, adding the country won’t be able to match January’s numbers.
Exports totaled 11.76 million tons from July 1 through Feb. 10, according to the official. Wheat accounted for 2.96 million tons, including 1.64 million of milling wheat and 1.32 million tons of feed wheat.