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Ukraine 2019 early grain harvest 52% complete

KIEV, July 16 (Reuters) - Ukraine, which expects its 2019 grain crop to remain steady at last year's level of around 70 million tonnes, has harvested 17.4 million tonnes of early grains as of July 15, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday.

Farmers have threshed 5.1 million hectares of grains or 52% of the early grains sown area, the ministry said in a statement.

The harvested volume includes 12 million tonnes of wheat and 4.9 million tonnes of barley.

Ukraine plans to thresh 9.74 million hectares of early grains this year, including 6.6 million hectares of wheat and 2.5 million of barley. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, editing by Louise Heavens)

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