Ukraine Ups Grain Output Estimate Again

Despite recent flooding on some southern parts of the Ukraine the Agriculture Ministry there has increased it's 2008 total grain output estimate to 44-47 million tonnes. Up from last week's revised estimate of 43 million tonnes.

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko stated today while opening the Government's meeting. "Despite bad weather conditions observed recently in Ukraine's western regions, Ukraine will receive the forecasted grain yield", the Head of Government emphasized.

She said that 23.4 million tonnes of grain have already been gathered in Ukraine, i.e. 50 percent of the expected yield. "These figures are very encouraging", the Prime Minister noted. According to the Premier, ten regions have already got past the one million tonne boundary as to grain harvesting; the Luhansk and Cherkasy regions are approaching it.

As UKRINFORM reported, earlier the Agricultural Policy Ministry had forecasted the grain yield for 2008 at the level of 40 million tonnes, and later increased it to 44 and 47 million tonnes.

The 2007 grain harvest in Ukraine produced 29.3 million tonnes.