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UAC asks PM to allow export of 80,000 tonnes of millet from Ukraine

KYIV. May 3 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Ukrainian Agri Council (UAC) proposes to lift a ban on the export of millet from Ukraine, introduced in March, by setting a quota for its export at the level of 80,000 tonnes, since there is an excess of this crop in the country.

The organization sent a corresponding request to Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal and Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Solsky.

"We ask you to make changes to the volumes of quotas of goods, the export of which is subject to licensing, approved by Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated December 29, 2021, No. 1424, and establish a quota for the millet export in the amount of the expected export calculated by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy – 80,000 tonnes, which contributes to revenue in Ukraine and will alleviate the extremely difficult situation of farmers," the appeal said.

UAC refers to the data of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy for February 2022, according to which in Ukraine in the 2021/2022 marketing year (MY, July-June) 182,000 tonnes of millet were produced, the carryover balance from MY 2020/2021 was 18,000 tonnes, while the average domestic consumption of millet in the country does not exceed 80,000 tonnes, and export expectations for MY 2021-2022 – 80,000 tonnes.

"That is, Ukraine is provided with millet in full and has a significant surplus. Therefore, we believe that the ban on the export of millet is absolutely unjustified and will only lead to additional losses for farmers who are already in difficult economic conditions," the organization explained.

In addition, as of April 21, 2022, some 4,800 hectares of millet have already been sown in Ukraine, which is significantly more than on the corresponding date in 2021 – 900 hectares.

As reported, the Government of Ukraine, by resolution No. 207 of March 5, introduced zero quotas for licensed exports of rye, oats, buckwheat, millet, sugar and salt suitable for human consumption in 2022.