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UPDATE 1-Ukraine 2022/23 winter grain sowing 90% complete

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KYIV, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Ukraine 2022/23 winter grain sowing was 90% complete at 4.3 million hectares as of Nov. 7, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday.

The acreage included 3.6 million hectares of winter wheat, accounting for 91% of the expected area, the ministry's data showed. Farmers sowed 6.09 million hectares of winter wheat as of Nov. 4, 2021.

Farmers have also sown 568,000 hectares of winter barley and 79,000 hectares of rye.

Ukraine sowed around 6.1 million hectares of winter wheat for the 2022 harvest, but a large area has been occupied by Russian forces since they 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 despite a delay caused by unfavourable weather.

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

The ministry said five regions had already completed the 2022/23 winter sowing. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk Editing by David Goodman and David Evans)

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