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Ukraine's grain exports down 242% so far in 2020/21 season

KYIV, May 5 (Reuters) - Ukrainian grain exports have fallen by 24% to almost 39 million tonnes so far in the July 2020 to June 2021 season, agriculture ministry data showed on Wednesday.

The exports included 15.13 million tonnes of wheat, 19.14 million tonnes of corn and 4.12 million tonnes of barley, the data showed.

Traders have used around 86.5% of the total wheat export quota of 17.5 million tonnes imposed for the whole 2020/21 July-June season.

The ministry and traders have said wheat exports were unlikely to reach the full quota this season.

Ukraine is among the largest global grain exporters, selling about 57 million tonnes to foreign buyers in the 2019/20 season.

Exports could decline to 45.7 million tonnes in 2020/21 because of a smaller harvest, the government has said. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; editing by Louise Heavens)

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