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Ukraine's 2019 early grain harvest 68% complete

KIEV, July 22 (Reuters) - Ukraine, which expects its 2019 grain crop to remain steady at last year's level of around 70 million tonnes, has harvested 23.5 million tonnes of early grains as of July 22, the agriculture ministry said on Monday.

Farmers have threshed 6.6 million hectares of grains or 68% of the early grains sown area, the ministry said in a statement.

The harvested volume includes 16.9 million tonnes of wheat and around 6 million tonnes of barley.

Ukraine plans to thresh 9.76 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 Jason Neely)

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