Thursday, 22 February 2018

This week's Black Sea agribusiness news in brief

Russian wheat exports hit their highest weekly total since before Christmas because, they say, weather issues subsided.

My information tells me the weather in January was pretty good, so it was more likely the annual winter holidays that covers most of the month that was to blame for sluggish trade.

Preferential rail subsidies for grain transportation continue to gain traction in Russia with rates now agreed on 656KMT of grain.

EcoFarming LLC have signed agreement with Moscow authorities to build a new 8,000 head goat dairy and processing complex to eventually produce 4,000 tons of milk, 400 tons of cheese and 100 tons of meat.

Agrokultura Group will receive a 25% subsidy for the construction of the third stage of a greenhouse complex in Kashira near Moscow which will be used for the production of tomatoes, peppers and eggplants.

Ukraine’ Min of Ag report on spring sowing preliminary data; the 2018 crop area is comparable to last year and is expected to reach 27.2MHA including 14.6MAH (54%) of grain crops which they say "corresponds to the norm of the optimal ratio of crops in crop rotations" (what the heck is the norm of the optimal ratio?).

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is promoting Ukraine grain logistics with a $50M loan to support Nibulon Group’s ongoing investment programme which includes three new river terminals; expansion of fleet (floating crane, tugboats, barges, dredging vessel); 42KMT storage facility; barge quay and a new railway at Mykolaiv.

Ukraine's Odessa region is to develop green tourism by offering visitors tours to authentic Ukrainian villages and farms, as well as sightseeing in grain and lavender fields.

Apparently Ukraine has lavender fields although none of us have ever seen any.