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Farmers sow crops on 207,000 ha in one week, almost at last week's level

KYIV. March 31 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Farmers sowed grain and leguminous crops on 207,000 hectares over the past week compared to 210,300 hectares the previous week and 66,600 hectares a week earlier, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine reported on Friday.

According to its data, the area with spring cereals and legumes has already reached 500,000 hectares, or 4.9% of the planned 10.24 million hectares for 2023.

As of a year ago, on April 1, 600,000 hectares were sown, but the sowing rate in the corresponding week last year was significantly higher.

Since the beginning of this season, the areas with crops of spring wheat have reached 107,700 hectares (a week earlier – 76,100 hectares), spring barley – 307,000 hectares (168,100 hectares), peas – 57,700 hectares (35,300 hectares) and oats – 26,400 hectares (14,200 hectares).

The Ministry of Agrarian Policy said that the sowing season expanded from 18 to all regions of the country. The leaders in fieldwork with grains and legumes are the agrarians of Ternopil region – 94,700 hectares (they are also leaders for this week – 27,100 hectares), Vinnytsia region – 74,300 hectares and Khmelnytsky region – 60,800 hectares.

The ministry added that Vinnytsia, Volyn, Rivne, Ternopil, Khmelnytsky, and Cherkasy regions started sowing sugar beets, with Vinnytsia region taking the first place with 15,300 hectares.

In addition, farmers of Odesa, Khmelnytsky, and Chernivtsi regions began to sow sunflowers.

According to the Agrarian Policy Ministry’s forecast, in 2023, the sown area of grain and leguminous crops will be 10.24 million hectares, which is 1.4 million hectares less than in 2022. Areas under the main types of oilseeds can be increased, in particular under sunflower to 5.64 million hectares (476,000 hectares more), rapeseed – 1.37 million hectares (110,000 hectares more), soybeans – 1.84 million hectares (334,000 hectares more). It is expected that the area with sugar beet will reach to the pre-war level – 220,000 hectares versus 180,000 hectares in 2022 and 226,000 hectares in 2021.