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Continental starts spring sowing, plans to sow on 104,600 ha

KYIV. March 17 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Continental Farmers Group (CFG) has started spring sowing with spring rapeseed, for which 15,900 hectares have been allotted, according to a press release on Friday.

“But, just like last year, we are determined to carry out planned work in a high-quality and timely manner, sow all areas and collect a decent harvest from the fields,” CEO Georg von Nolcken is quoted in the press release.

The company said that the total area under crops will be 104,600 hectares.

He said that taking into account the food security of Ukraine this season, the company left important food crops like sugar beet and buckwheat in the crop structure. According to him, the area under buckwheat has even increased compared to last year from 1,200 hectares to 3,900 hectares.

In addition, the company will traditionally sow sunflower, corn, and soybeans.

During this sowing, the company will use some of its seeds, in particular for soybeans and buckwheat. Seed material for other crops has been purchased in full and has already been delivered to the company’s warehouses.

Generally, the company has all the necessary resources for the 2023 season: fuel and lubricants, PPE, and fertilizers. The company’s technical park is also fully equipped, the company said in the report.

Agricultural holding Mriya and CFG, united under the name Continental Farmers Group, have been operating as a single business since November 2018, when Mriya entered into a deal with international investor Salic UK to sell assets.

Salic was founded in 2012. Its sole shareholder is the State Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, which invests in the production of agricultural and livestock products.