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As of April 25, grain and leguminous crops in Ukraine were sown with 3.1 million hectares, which is 43% of the forecasted area. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

In particular, the sowing area of ​​early crops was 2.3 million hectares (96%), incl. Spring wheat - 160 thousand hectares (89% of the forecast), spring barley - 1.5 million hectares (93%), oats - 195 thousand hectares (95%), peas - 375 thousand hectares (114% to the forecast ). The sowing of maize for grain at the reporting date was 836 thousand ha (19%).

Seeding of oilseeds is also continuing: by April 25, there have been planted 1.8 million hectares (33%) of sunflower, soybean - 100 thousand hectares (5%).

The area of ​​sugar beet sowing at the reporting date was 284 thousand hectares (97%).

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In Ukraine, the historical minimum mortality of winter crops for the harvest-2017 is fixed. As of April, the area of ​​dead winter crops (for grain) was only 5.6 thousand hectares, or less than 0.1% of the total sown area. This was reported by the First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Maxim Martynyuk. According to him, this effect was achieved due to favorable weather conditions (most of the winter they were the reference for crops) and agrarians' compliance with optimal terms and technologies of agricultural production.

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According to the forecasts of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, the volume of agricultural production in the first half of this year. Will correspond to the level of the same period in 2016. The corresponding forecast is contained in the analytical material published on the website of the Ministry of Economic Development.

"In the first half of 2017 the volume of agricultural production is expected at the level of the first half of 2016," the forecast says. According to analysts of the ministry, the main factors that will influence production are large areas under crops and a better state of winter crops than last year, weather conditions during the ripening and growing of crops, and the new mechanism of state budget support for producers.

It is noted that the main risks for agricultural production in the first half of the year are the escalation of the military conflict in the east of the country, as well as unfavorable weather conditions during the ripening and vegetation of crops.

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TUkraine from the beginning of 2016/17 MY as of April 12, exported 35.02 million tons of grain crops. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

In particular, 14,99 million tons of exported wheat were exported, 4.9 million tons of barley, 14.93 million tons of maize, 4,300 tons of rye. In addition, by the reporting date 299.4 thousand tons of Ukrainian flour were exported to foreign markets, of which 298.2 thousand tons are wheat flour.

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In Ukraine, by 2025, the production of gross agricultural products can grow by 25% compared to 2016 - up to 316 billion UAH. Provided that the average annual growth rate of agricultural production is at least 2.1%. This was reported by the press service of the National Research Center "Institute of Agrarian Economics".

In particular, according to experts' forecasts, crop production by 2025 will increase 24% - up to 220.4 billion UAH, with an average annual growth rate of at least 2%. In addition, with an average annual growth of agricultural production at 2.4%, gross production of livestock products by 2025 may reach about 95.7 billion UAH.

It is noted that the realization of such a forecast will be possible if the prices for the sale of agricultural products cover the costs of agrarians and provide them with a 14 per cent profit rate on the capital advanced to production, including the value of land.

Recall that earlier experts predicted that the production of crop production following the results of 2017 will remain at the level of the previous year and amount to 184.9 billion UAH., And the gross production of livestock products in t.ch. Will be reduced by 0.6% to 68.8 billion UAH.

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The Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Taras Kutovoy said that Ukraine has significantly increased the foreign trade turnover of agricultural products for the year. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine. "Budget support has increased 15-fold - 5.45 billion hryvnia for this year, 1% of agricultural production will be directed to support agrarians." Moreover, this program is fixed for 5 years, and it is also important that compensation for the purchase of agricultural equipment of Ukrainian production is increased Up to 20% of its value, "he said. Also, the Minister noted that over the year Ukraine significantly increased the foreign trade turnover of agricultural products. Turnover amounted to 19.6 billion dollars. "The positive balance is 11.3 billion dollars, 66 million tons of grain was produced this year, the capital investments for this year amounted to a record amount of 61 billion hryvnia," Kutovoi said. It is reported that new electronic services in land relations have also been earned. "For the first time in 19 years, Ukraine has made a profit from the activities of the ocean fleet and paid $ 515,000 to the state budget, and I think this is a good indicator," Kutovoi said.

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Cultivation and processing of niche crops is an interesting direction of diversification of production and exports for small farmers and large companies. This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine on issues of European integration Olga Trofimtsova, reports Expert Agro.

The advantage is that there is relatively little competition in these niches. Often, niche crops do not require significant investment in production organization, but at the same time they provide a high level of profitability, "noted Olga Trofimtsova.

According to her, right now Ukrainian small producers need to focus on interesting and new niches of production, as this will give significant starting advantages to become a serious player in high-margin markets in the near future.

"Niche cultures, in my personal belief, are today an interesting, promising, profitable direction of agribusiness development in the segment of small and medium-sized companies. We, on the part of the Ministry, in close cooperation with the relevant associations, will provide comprehensive support - from information to organizational and other for the successful work of our producers and exporters both in the domestic and foreign markets, "the Deputy Minister summed up.

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