The Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine slightly increased the forecast for the grain harvest in 2023 – by approximately 4%, due to favorable weather conditions. This was stated by Minister Mykola Solskyi on July 24 on the air of a national telethon, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"We have revised our forecast for this year's harvest down by 10% compared to last year's. But the weather this year, as of today… it's pretty good, let's just say that with caution. And we have already adjusted this forecast for the better: we think that the production drop will be approximately 6% compared to last year. This is preliminary figures because there are still several months ahead," he said.
At the same time, M.Solskyi specified that the initial forecast was based on the change in the structure of planted areas caused by logistical problems in favor of more expensive crops but with a lower yield (for example, soybeans or sunflower seeds instead of corn), as well as smaller investments in the land.
He also announced harvest expectations for crops.
"The rapeseed production will be the same as last year, maybe even a little more. The barley crop will be smaller, because less was planted, by 15-20%. And there will be less wheat crop because less was planted. We hope to compensate with spring crops in the fall, but we will not guess," the minister said.
We will remind that at the end of June, the First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, Taras Vysotskyi, forecasted the grain harvest in Ukraine this year at the level of about 46 mln tonnes compared to 53.1 mln tonnes in the previous season. At the same time, at the beginning of July, the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center gave a more optimistic estimate - about 49.6 mln tonnes.