Ukraine's grain exports down 11.2% in 2020/21 season

KYIV, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Ukraine's grain exports have fallen to 13.64 million tonnes so far in the season that runs from July 2020 to June 2021 from 15.36 million tonnes in the same period last year because of lower volumes of corn, the economy ministry said on Friday.

Traders had sold 1.01 million tonnes of corn as of October 16, down from 2.45 million tonnes on the same date last year.

The total export volume included 9.50 million tonnes of wheat and 3.11 million tonnes of barley.

Ukraine accounts for about 16% of global grain exports, and sold about 57 million tonnes of grain to foreign buyers in the 2019/20 season.

The government has said exports could decline to 47.4 million tonnes in 2020/21 because of a weaker harvest.

The economy ministry expects the 2020 grain crop to fall to about 68 million tonnes from 2019's record of 75.1 million tonnes because of adverse weather. (Reporting by Natalia Zinets; editing by Jason Neely)

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