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Ukraine 2022/23 winter grain sowing 92% complete

KYIV, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Ukraine 2022/23 winter grain sowing is 92% complete at 4.4 million hectares so far, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday.

The acreage included 3.7 million hectares of winter wheat, accounting for 93% of the expected area, ministry data showed. Farmers sowed 6.2 million hectares of winter wheat by Nov. 19, 2021.

Farmers have also sown 600,000 hectares of winter barley and 79,100 hectares of rye.

Ukraine sowed more than 6 million hectares of winter wheat for the 2022 harvest, but a large area has been occupied by Russian troops who invaded Ukraine in February and only 4.6 million hectares were harvested.

Deputy agriculture minister Taras Vysotskiy told Reuters last month that the ministry was keeping its forecast for the winter wheat sowing area for the 2023 harvest unchanged at 3.8 million hectares despite a delay caused by unfavourable weather.

Ukraine traditionally plants winter wheat which accounts more than 95% of overall wheat output. In 2022, Ukraine harvested around 19 million tonnes of wheat.

The ministry said six regions had already completed the 2022/23 winter sowing. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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