Ukraine ranks third among world grain exporters

Ukraine has exported 21.2 million tons of grain during the 2009/2010 marketing year (MY, July 2009 through June 2010), secured its positions as the world’s third largest grain exporter after the United States and the European Union. According to the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation (UAC) reported, Russia, which supplied 19.9 million tons of grain to foreign markets, is fourth,  reported “Kazakh-Zerno” IA with reference to the “Wam“.
According to UKRINFORM, the figure is above average, but not a record one. In the 2008/2009 season, Ukraine supplied 24.7 million tons of grain to foreign markets. 
Wheat, barley and corn remained main crops exported by Ukraine. According to the UAC in the season 2009/10 Ukraine exported 9.3 million tons of wheat, barley – 6.2 million tons, corn – 5.3 million tons, peas and buckwheat – by 0.4 million tons. During the past season, Ukraine exported 9.3 million tons of wheat. Bangladesh and South Korea became the largest customers of this grain. 
Ukraine firmly maintains the leadership in the world in the export of barley. With the volume of world trade in barley at 17 million tons, Ukraine supplied 6.2 million tons of barley to foreign markets, nearly half ahead of the closest pursuer – Australia.
The country exported 5.3 million tons of corn, approximately the same amount exported last season. Egypt was the main buyer of corn. Export of peas and buckwheat from Ukraine in the season 2009/10 was 0.4 million tons.
The UAC predicts the 2010 harvest of early crops along with cereals will be some 30.5 million tons, including 17.5 million tons of wheat, 11 million tons of barley, 600,000 tons of rye, 500,000 tons of peas, buckwheat, millet, oats and rice – 900,000 tons, according to UAC director general Serhiy Stoyanov. “With corn, which, as we expect, will be about 14 million tons, the total grain harvest in Ukraine in 2010 could reach 44.5 million tons,” Stoyanov said. 
An agrarian sector analyst Andriy Tovstopiat predicts that grain production in Ukraine will exceed 45 million tons in the 2010-2011 marketing year. 
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