Conference examines Black Sea's grain sector

by World Grain Staff
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KIEV, UKRAINE — More than 600 people from 45 countries learned about the key drivers in the Black Sea grain sector during the XII International Conference Black Sea Grain: Future is Now, April 22-23, in Kiev, Ukraine.
 
The conference also discussed crop forecasts, logistics issues, reforms and investments in agriculture, highlights of the current season and the outlook for 2015-16.
 
Organizes said despite a difficult political situation, the agricultural sector of Ukraine continues to operate and develop, remaining attractive for investors.
 
Consulting agency UkrAgroConsult, as an organizer of the conference, aimed to promote the agrarian sector of Ukraine, working out effective strategies for its development and attracting new international partners. Annually the conference is attended by international producers and processors of grains and oilseeds, agricultural holdings, traders, banks and investment funds, logistics, brokerage, insurance, legal and consulting companies.
 
Conference speakers identified a number of agricultural achievements in the past year and the range of problems facing the industry. In spite of the ambiguity of the situation in the country, Ukraine's agriculture remains attractive, and the volumes of grain production and processing are encouraging. However, the logistics structure requires significant investment and the financial instruments, which could protect producers from financial risks caused by fluctuating prices, still does not work.
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