Ukraine harvested nearly 44 mln tonnes of grain - Minister

The Ukraine has harvested nearly 44 mln tonnes of grain, Juriy Melnik, the Minister of Agricultural Policy, has said.

Taking into account carryover, the total volume of grain available in MT 2008/09 will total 54.5 mln tonnes, he said.

Domestic grain needs will be 6.6 mln tonnes, the cattle breeding industry will require 14.7 mln tonnes, and exports will use 20 mln tonnes. The expected remainder will total 5.5 mln tonnes to carryover into MY2009/10, according to the Minister.