Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Black Sea agribusiness news in brief

As of April 3, Russian planting of early spring crops stood at of 1.1mha or 2.1% of the forecast and was 50,800ha more than last year.

As of March 31, Ukraine had planted 1.2mha of early grain and leguminous crops or 51% of planned area.

Russia’s accumulated fertiliser stocks including carryover from 2016 is up 4% on the corresponding date last year.

Over the first two months of this year, Russian pig production increased by 7.5% compared to the same period last and amounted to 554,200mt.

Ukraine’s State Food and Grain Corporation is holding a roundtable on the problems of grain logistics with the main discussion points including the lack of grain wagons, developing river transport and port logistics.

Ukraine, Moldova and Romania held discussions on improving cooperation on food safety particularly animal disease outbreaks, key aspects of veterinary services and cross-border cooperation.

Ukraine’s Minister of Agriculture has outlined the priorities for agricultural development by 2020 which include land reform, food safety and developing the organic market.