Ukrainian grain exports this month are much lower than in May 2021 – ministry


The Ukrainian flag is covered in grain in this illustration taken May 9, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

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KYIV, May 19 (Reuters) – Ukraine has exported 643,000 tonnes of grain since the beginning of May, considerably less than the same period last year when it sold 1.8 million tonnes abroad, a announced Thursday the Ministry of Agriculture.

The volume has declined due to logistical problems since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 and blocked Ukrainian Black Sea ports, the main routes for Ukrainian grain exports.

The ministry said the May volume included about 617,000 tons of corn, 16,000 tons of wheat and 8,000 tons of barley. He did not specify how the grain was delivered.

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Senior agriculture officials said Ukraine exported up to 300,000 tons of grain in March and 1.09 million tons in April. Read more

Ukrainian traders managed to export up to 6 million tons of grain per month before the Russian invasion.

Ministry data showed that Ukraine has exported 46.51 million tonnes in the July-June 2021/22 season so far, up from 40.85 million a season earlier.

The ministry said 2021/22 export volumes included 18.54 million tonnes of wheat, 21.83 million tonnes of maize and 5.68 million tonnes of barley.

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Reporting by Natalia Zinets, editing by Timothy Heritage

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