Ukrainian grain exports sink 54.5% so far in the 2022/23 campaign, says the ministry

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Ukrainian grain exports fell 54.5% year-on-year in the 2022/23 season to 4.16 million tonnes, the Agriculture Ministry said on Friday.

The country’s grain exports have plummeted since the start of the war as its Black Sea ports, a key shipping route, were closed, driving up global food prices and sparking fears of food shortages. Africa and the Middle East.

At the end of July, three Black Sea ports were unblocked under an agreement between Moscow and kyiv mediated by the United Nations and Turkey.

Ministry data shows that exports so far this season – from July 2022 to June 2023 – include 2.59 million tons of corn , 1.19 million tons of wheat and 361,000 tons of barley.

The volumes include 195,000 tons of grain exported so far in September, compared to 514,000 tons sold abroad in the same period last year.

The government has said Ukraine could harvest at least 50 million tons of grain this year, down from a record 86 million tons in 2021, due to land loss to the Russian military and lower grain yields.

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