Ukrainian farmers sow 30% of planned spring acreage as Brazil begins ‘fertilizer diplomacy’ • Agriculture Policy News


Reuters writer Pavel Polityuk reported yesterday that “Ukrainian farmers have sown about 31% of the area planned for spring sowing 2022or 4.7 million hectares, the Ukrainian Grain Traders Union UGA said on Tuesday, citing official data.

“The union said that Ukraine planned to sow 11.45 million hectares of spring cereals this year, 3.5 to 4 million hectares less than in 2021 due to Russian invasion, “occupation of territories” and mining.

Official data shows that farmers had sown 180,000 hectares of spring wheat, 844,000 hectares of spring barley, 1.274 million hectares of corn and a few other crops.

“It shows the area under spring wheat could total 190,000 hectares, 900,000 hectares of spring barley and 3.9 million hectares of but.”

The article added that “the Ukrainian Ministry of Agriculture gave no prospects for the 2022 cereal harvest. He said the sown area could fall by 20% this year due to fighting with Russian troops in many areas.

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In a separate Reuters article yesterday, Pavel Polityuk reported that, “Ukraine is expected to experience a major shortage of storage facilities in the 2022/23 season due to a sharp drop in exports resulting from Russia’s invasion, analyst APK-Inform said.

The article explained that “APK-Inform said on Tuesday that Ukraine’s exports could only total 45.5 million tons of The 2021 record harvest of 86 million tonnes and grains and oilseeds stocks at the end of the current season could reach a record 21.3 million tons high.

“This volume is 4.2 times higher than the previous season and will not allow free up a significant share of storage capacity for the new harvest”, he added.

And one Reuters article today reported that “grain exports from Ukraine fall to about 923,000 tons in April compared to 2.8 million tons in the same month in 2021 due to the Russian invasion, analyst APK-Inform said on Wednesday.

“The consultancy said in a report that the country’s exports comprised 768,486 tonnes of but and 127,130 tonnes of wheat. Ukraine also exported 151,529 tonnes of sunflower oil and 169,681 tonnes of oilseeds, mainly sun seed.”

Meanwhile, Bloomberg writer Mohammed Omar Ahmed reported today that “Somali inflation expected to exceed 10% unless the country receives good rains over the next two months to help ease pressure on food prices after losing wheat supply from Ukraineaccording to a senior central bank official.

In other developments, Reuters editors Roberto Samora and Ana Mano reported yesterday that “from Brazil the new Minister of Agriculture, Marcos Montes, will visit Jordan, Egypt and Morocco as part of a tour which will begin this week to discuss increased fertilizer imports of these countries.

“’It’s a pilgrimage we call fertilizer diplomacy“, Montes said in an interview with Reuters on Monday evening, adding that he would be joined by representatives of the private sector. “We will open doors.

“Brazil depends on imports for about 85% of its fertilizer needs and worries about a possible global shortage of products after Western nations imposed sanctions on major producers in Belarus and Russia, while China restricted exports.

In related news, Reuters writer Tom Polansek reported yesterday that “Nutrien Ltdthe world’s largest fertilizer company, is evaluating whether to pursue increase potash production as sanctions have disrupted shipments from Russia and Belarus, chief executive Ken Seitz said.

Beyond fertilizer import demands, the evolution of grain market adjustments also has an impact on Brazilian export flows.

Reuters editor Ana Mano reported yesterday that “Brazilian exports to the 22 countries of the League of Arab Nations Pink in the first quarter amid a surge in agricultural commodity prices and a drive to stock up on food, according to a statement sent to Reuters on Tuesday.

“Total exports from Brazil to the group reached $3.86 billion during the period, an increase of almost 34% compared to the same period a year agosays the statement from the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce.

“An increase in sales to Arab countries also reflects Reduced participation from Russia and Ukraine in world cereals and fertilizer tradethe statement said, referring to two main suppliers of products like wheat and sunflower oil.


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