Ukraine sows 20% of planned acreage
The Ukraine government aims to harvest at least 70% of last year’s volumes in 2022, despite the war.
The Ukraine Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food announced that during the 2022 sowing season, Ukraine sowed 3.02 million hectares of land with the main crops, which is 20.1% of the 14.4 million hectares planned for the current season.
The total area sown with spring barley is 802,200 hectares, 896,000 hectares for sunflower, 164.400 hectares for spring wheat, 107,200 hectares for peas, 127,000 hectares for oats. In addition, the sown area under soybeans is 62,000 hectares.
According to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, Vinnitsa, Volyn, Transcarpathian, Kirovograd, Odessa, Poltava, Rivne, Ternopil and Khmelnytsky regions have fully completed the sowing of spring crops of the early group: wheat, barley and oats. Almost 70% of the projected areas have already been sown with these crops.
Also in 2021, winter crops were sown for the 2022 harvest on a total area of 7.7 million hectares, including 6.5 million hectares of winter wheat, 1 million hectares of barley and 0.16 million hectares of rye. At the moment, agricultural companies have completed the first feeding of winter crops with nitrogen mineral fertilizers.
As reported, due to the military aggression of the Russian Federation in Ukraine this season, a reduction in the acreage of high-margin crops (sunflower and corn) is expected while increasing the acreage of crops that are easier to produce, but important in terms of food security, peas, barley and oats.
Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal, said on April 20 that Ukraine will sow approximately 14.2 million hectares of agricultural land this season, which is 80% of last year’s figure of 16.9 million hectares. Rostislav Shurma, deputy head of the President’s Office, called Ukraine’s goal in 2022 to harvest at least 70% of last year’s volumes.