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Ukraine 2022/23 winter grain sowing 94% complete

KYIV, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Ukraine 2022/23 winter grain sowing is 94% complete at 4.4 million hectares, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday.

The acreage included 3.8 million hectares of winter wheat, accounting for 94% of the expected area, ministry data showed. Farmers had completed winter wheat sowing by the same date in 2021 with 6.2 million hectares.

Farmers have also sown 613,000 hectares of winter barley and 79,200 hectares of rye.

The ministry said only 61,000 hectares of winter grains were sown over the past seven days.

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.

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

The ministry said six regions had already completed 2022/23 winter sowing.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk Editing by David Goodman )

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