Ukraine 2020 grain harvest 78% complete at 45.7 mln T

KYIV, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Ukraine has harvested 45.7 million tonnes of grain from 12.06 million hectares, or 78% of the sown area, Ukraine's economy ministry said on Friday.

It said farmers had collected 10.0 million tonnes of corn from 2.2 million hectares, or 40% of fields planted with this crop.

Ukraine reported in late September that it had completed wheat and barley harvest whose output had declined to about 25.1 million tonnes and 7.8 million tonnes respectively from 28.3 million tonnes and 8.9 million tonnes in 2019.

The ministry expects the total grain crop could fall to around 68 million tonnes in 2020 from a record 75 million tonnes in 2019 due to severe drought across most of the country. (Reporting by Natalia Zinets, editing by Louise Heavens)

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