Ukraine completed the harvest of early cereals and pulses, the harvest amounted to 44.8 million tons from a total area of 10.2 million hectares, which was a record figure in the whole history of the country, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food said on the website on September.
According to the ministry, 32.8 million tonnes of wheat, 10.94 million tonnes of barley, 2.8 million tonnes of rapeseed and 0.57 million tonnes of peas were threshed. The largest yield of wheat was obtained in the Khmelnytsky region (6.52 tons per ha), barley – in the Kiev region (5.72 tons per ha), rapeseed – in the Khmelnytsky region ( 3.5 tonnes per ha).
The Odessa region has become the leader in the harvest of early cereals with an indicator of over 4.1 million tonnes. Some 3 million tonnes of grain were threshed each in the regions of Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv and Kherson.
“There is no doubt that the well-coordinated work of the farmers, the favorable pedoclimatic conditions this year, as well as an expanded program of state support to the agricultural sector have been of great importance in achieving such results”, said the Minister of Agrarian Policy, Roman Leschenko.
According to him, in January-July 2021, farmers received 546 million Hr from the state budget as part of the program to partially compensate the cost of domestic agricultural machinery and equipment, as part of the state program to to reduce the cost of loans Hr 565 million has been received, and under the affordable loan program 5-7 -9% of over HR 26 billion has been received.
“In view of the poor harvest on other continents, the world price situation is favorable for Ukrainian agricultural products and strengthens the role of the state in world food security. As a result, with such state support, the agricultural sector in 2021 can account for more than half of the state’s foreign exchange earnings and provide one-fifth of the country’s GDP, ”Leschenko said.