Ukraine Seen Re-Seeding Less Winter Grain Than Official Estimate
Saturday, 18 February 2012 | 00:00
Ukraine will need to re-seed 2.3 million hectares (5.68 million acres) of winter grain in the spring after a drought in the fall and winter frosts damaged crops, UkrAgroConsult said, less than the government’s estimate.
That includes 1.8 million hectares of wheat and 500,000 hectares of barley, the Kiev-based agriculture researcher said today in e-mailed statement.
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said on Feb. 10 that Ukraine would need to re-seed 3.5 million hectares of winter crops, raising Agriculture Minister Mykola Prysyazhnyuk’s December forecast of 3 million hectares.
The government increased its estimate “without any apparent reason,” UkrAgroConsult said.
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