KIEV, UKRAINE — With the 2020-21 marketing year coming to a close, Ukraine’s grain exports had declined by 22% compared to the previous year, to 43.4 million tonnes, according to the country’s agriculture ministry data reported by Reuters.
Included in that total is 16.3 million tonnes of wheat, 22.3 million tonnes of corn and almost 4.15 million tonnes of barley.
Total grain production for the 2020-21 season, which ends June 30, is 65 million tonnes, with a final export total projected at 45.8 million tonnes, according to the agriculture ministry.
One of the world’s leading wheat exporters, Ukraine exported 20.5 million tonnes of wheat in 2019-20, but a severe drought has led to a decline in this year’s crop.
Planting for the 2021-22 season is complete and the ag ministry said Ukraine’s production could rise to at least 75 million tonnes due to favorable weather.