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Ukraine's grain exports rise 36%, livestock production stable despite unrest


Despite current political unrest and the threat of invasion of the Crimea Peninsula by Russia, Ukraine's grain export continued to exceed last year's and meat production remains stable.

According to the Ukrainian agriculture ministry, from the beginning of the current marketing year on July 1 until March 7, Ukraine exported 24.939 million tonnes of grain, an increase of 35.99% from the corresponding period in the previous marketing year. To date, it exported nearly 15.12 million tonnes of corn, 2.15 million tonnes of barley and 7.44 million tonnes of wheat, of which 6.1 million tons was milling wheat.

The agriculture ministry said earlier that Ukraine's grain export in the July 2013-June 2014 marketing year is likely to rise to 32.5 million tonnes from about 23 million tonnes in the previous marketing year, due to a greater harvest this year.

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