Ukraine exported 9.5 million tonnes of corn in 2013, up 33.3% from 2012, government says

KIEV, Ukraine , January 6, 2014 () – Ukraine increased corn exports in 2013 by a third, to 9.5 million tonnes, the press service of the Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry has reported.

"Corn remains a major crop exported by Ukraine. Therefore, we are rapidly increasing its exports. This is confirmed by the results of supplies in 2013. Before the New Year farmers supplied 9.5 million tonnes of corn of the new harvest to foreign markets, i.e. over three million tonnes more than in the same period of the previous marketing year," Agricultural Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk said.

He said that corn exports had intensified after the end of the harvesting campaign. Thus, 3.6 million tonnes of this crop was sold abroad each in November and December, which is the maximum amount of corn ever supplied by Ukraine, he said.

"We also have to preserve such high dynamics after the New Year. In general, we are planning to export about 19-20 million tonnes of corn. This is a record figure for Ukraine, which will help it take third place among the world's leading suppliers of this type of grain," Prysiazhniuk said.

He also added that corn has high demand on global markets. Therefore, Ukraine will continue to expand its markets and search for new markets in 2014, he said.

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