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Southern Ukraine starts 2019 grain harvest

KIEV, June 12 (Reuters) - Farmers from Ukraine's southern regions have started the 2019 grain harvest, threshing the first hectares of winter barley, regional officials said on Wednesday.

Ukraine's agriculture ministry last week said the country had completed the 2019 sowing, and that the seeding area totalled 14.8 million hectares, almost the same as in 2018.

The ministry has said Ukraine's 2019 grain harvest could exceed last year's record crop of 70 million tonnes. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Jan Harvey)

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