KIEV, July 16 (Itar-Tass) - About 20 million tons of early grain and leguminous crops have been harvested in Ukraine by now, Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Procurements Nikolai Prisyazhnyuk told journalists on Tuesday.
“About 70 percent of early crops have been harvested,” he said. This year, in his words, Ukraine expects to harvest a record-breaking yield of crops in its entire independent history - some 31-32 million tons.
Earlier on Tuesday, head of the Ukrainian Grain Association Vladimir Klimenko said that there are all the grounds to expect that Ukraine’s grain harvest in 2013 will exceed 57 million tons. According to Klimenko, Ukraine’s annual grain consumption is 26-27 million tons, which means that the country will build up its grain exports potential. “We will have a record-breaking export. Ukraine will be the world’s third, or maybe second, grain exporter,” he said.
According to the Ukrainian ministry of agrarian policy and food procurements, Ukraine’s grain harvest in 2013 may reach 54 million tons, or by 7.8 million tons more than in 2012.