According to APK-Inform, Ukraine raised sharply export of barley to Turkey in the first half of 2021/22 MY to 915.6 thsd tonnes, up 76 times compared to the same period of the previous season (12 thsd tonnes) and up 40 times compared to the full 2020/21 MY (22.9 thsd tonnes). Turkey turned to the second largest buyer of Ukrainian barley.
Stronger supplies to Turkey are based on smaller barley crop in the country and low carry-over stocks this season. The USDA estimates Turkey’s barley production at 4.5 mln tonnes, down 44% y/y (8.1 mln tonnes in 2020) and carry-over stocks at 522 thsd tonnes, down 32% y/y. Turkey may raise barley import 4 times to 2.7 mln tonnes in 2021/22 MY.
Over July-December of 2021/22 MY, Ukrainian barley covered 34% of Turkish barley import potential.
Turkey's Istanbul will gather the representatives of grain business within an international conference Grain&Maritime Days in Istanbul 2022.