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Ukraine Picks up Planting Pace

04/02/2014 @ 11:51am

Ukraine spring grain planting for this year's harvest is picking up pace after a slow start, with 2.385 million hectares planted to April 2, which is 86% of the planned total planted area for early spring grains, the agriculture ministry said Wednesday.

The ministry didn't give last year's figures for comparison but, according to its past reports, Ukraine planted spring grains on 678,000 hectares to April 1, 2013.

The ministry said Ukraine's farmers had begun planting spring grains for the 2014 harvest on time, despite the current political uncertainty, and the planting campaign would be carried out within the optimal time frame for the development of the crops.

In 2012, Ukraine planted spring grains on 32,200 hectares to March 20. In 2011, Ukraine planted spring grains on 113,300 hectares to March 17. In 2010, planting was also delayed by the weather, with no spring grains reported planted to March 16, while in 2009, 200,000 hectares were planted to March 16 and in 2008, 400,000 hectares were planted to March 16.

Write to Grigori Gerenstein at realtimedesklondon@dowjones.com

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