Ukraine spring grain sowing likely to start next week

KYIV, March 5 (Reuters) - Ukraine's 2021 spring grain sowing is likely to be postponed until next week because of wet fields and cold weather, deputy economy minister Taras Vysotskiy said on Friday.

February snowfalls have covered almost all Ukrainian regions and a part of the country remains covered by snow. Last year southern Ukrainian regions started grain sowing on Feb. 25.

The economy ministry has said it expects that the area under grains could increase to 15.7 million hectares this year, up from 15.2 million hectares in 2020.

Excellent winter crops conditions and significant moisture content could boost the Ukrainian grain harvest to a record level above 75 million tonnes, a senior government official said on Thursday. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk Editing by David Goodman)

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