Ukraine

GIEWS Country Brief: Ukraine 17-January-2012

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FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production significantly increased in 2011

  • Cereal exports are expected to increase significantly in 2011/12 marketing year (July/June)

  • Food prices volatile in recent months

Cereal production significantly increased in 2011

Favourable crop conditions contributed to a good cereal harvest in 2011 which is estimated at 51.5 million tonnes, a second record level during the last ten years. A significant increase in wheat production of 21 million tonnes has been estimated, along with a record increase in maize production of 19 million tonnes and a good barley output of 9.45 million tonnes. The shortage of rains, together with poor soil moisture during the planting season of winter cereals, might put the 2012 cereal production at risk although weather conditions during spring can still improve the situation.