KYIV, UKRAINE — Ukraine’s grain exports for 2022-23 are down 32% to 16.2 million tonnes, Reuters reported citing agriculture ministry data.
The total included 6.3 million tonnes of wheat, 8.6 million tonnes of corn and 1.3 million tonnes of barley.
The six-month blockade caused by Russia’s invasion has slowed exports. Three Ukrainian Black Sea ports started moving grain again at the end of July under a deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey. The Black Sea Grain Initiative was renewed on Nov. 17 for an additional 120 days. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has pledged $20 million help facilitate Black Sea grain shipments.
About 3 million tonnes of various grains were exported in the first 20 days of November, a drop of nearly 30% from the same period a year ago.
Ukraine could harvest between 50 million and 52 million tonnes of grain this year, down from a record 86 million tonnes due to loss of land to Russian forces and lower yields, Reuters said. Ukraine recently reported 92% of its winter grain sowing was complete as of Nov. 19.