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Worst winter in decades ruins Ukraine's winter crop
February 25, 2003
Associated Press

Posted by HW on August 24, 2019

Winter ruins
Officials warned Tuesday that the worst winter in decades has ruined much of Ukraine's winter crop, causing lower yields and costing millions of dollars for reseeding damaged land.

Deep frost and thick layers of lingering ice have ruined 30 percent of winter crops in many areas and up to 90 percent of expected harvests in the hardest hit southern regions of Kherson and Mykolaiv.

Preparing for the worst
"The ministry and farmers are preparing for the worst," the government newspaper Uriadovyi Kurier quoted Minister of Agrarian Policy Serhiy Ryzhuk.

The government has allocated an additional 200 million hryvnya (US$37 million) for reseeding up to 2 million hectares (4.9 million acres) of damaged land. The total cost of reseeding is estimated at 8.2 billion hryvnya (US$1.55 billion).

"If the cold weather continues, it will be even worse," Ryzhuk said.

Seaport icing
Meanwhile, icing of seaports has prevented timely shipments, leading to the cancellation of forward contracts for more than 500,000 metric tons (560,000 short tons) of wheat intended for export under newly revised European Union tariffs, the daily Kievskiy Vedemosti reported.

Breadbasket
Ukraine, called the breadbasket of the former Soviet Union, is one of the world's largest grain exporters and relies heavily on the agriculture sector for revenue.
 
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