Ukraine expects turnaround in grain harvest in 1999

by Teresa Acklin
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   KIEV, UKRAINE — Ukraine plans to harvest 35 million tonnes of grain this year, up from some 28 million tonnes in 1998, the country's agriculture minister announced in mid-January.

   The 1998 grain harvest was down 21.1% from the 1997 harvest of 35.7 million tonnes, about the level stated by Agriculture Minister Borys Supykhanov for 1999.

   The downfall in grain production last year was largely explained by the drought and heavy rainstorms that swept across Ukraine last summer. The country is the largest grain producer in the former Soviet Union.

   Supykhanov also told an agricultural reform seminar in the city of Poltava that Ukraine plans to harvest 23 million tonnes of sugar beets, 2.3 million tonnes of sunflower seeds, 18 million tonnes of potatoes and 6 million tonnes of vegetables in 1999.