Ukrainian grain exports to exceed 40 mln tonnes by 2020 - Prysiazhniuk


Ukrainian farmers are planning to increase grain exports to 41 million tonnes by 2020, in particular, wheat exports by 44% and corn exports by 34%.

Ukrainian Agricultural Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk said this in his speech at the fourth Ukrainian Grain Congress in Kyiv on Wednesday, a Ukrinform correspondent reported.

"Ukraine is steadily strengthening its presence in the global food market. Moreover, Ukraine, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, has all prerequisites and real opportunities to strengthen its already very strong positions. Supplies of Ukrainian wheat to foreign markets by 2020 could grow by 44% and corn supplies by 35%," he said.

To realize these plans, in his opinion, it is necessary, in particular, to improve the procedures for lending medium- and small-sized producers. "The state will pay increased attention to this issue and prevent the withdrawal of this category of farmers from the market," Prysiazhniuk said.

He said that Ukraine has significant reserves to increase the yield. "And Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych keeps this issue under his personal control. Reaching the level of 90% of the yield of developed countries, while keeping the existing area, will provide an additional 30 million tonnes of production," the minister said.


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