Ukraine to expand oilseed areas in 2023 – Vysotsky




The Ministry of Agrarian Policy expects certain changes in the structure of planted areas in Ukraine during the spring planting campaign, the First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Taras Vysotsky said.

In particular, an increase in the area planted under oilseed crops – rapeseed, soybeans, sunflower seed – is predicted.

"This is due to the fact that the cost of one tonne of oilseed is higher, and the cost of logistics per tonne is lower. That is, farmers will be able to earn more from 1 ha. This is a positive factor for farmers, macroeconomics and not critical for crop rotation", – T. Vysotsky said.

He added that the volume of crops aimed for the domestic market would be increased somewhat, as it had been with buckwheat this year. At the same time, a decrease in wheat production is expected, "but it will be twice as much as is needed for domestic needs."

According to T. Vysotsky, as of February 24, 2022, Ukrainian farmers were fully ready for planting campaign, while "currently there is a problem with liquidity, availability of finances, which complicates and slows down preparation for field work."

"At the same time, farmers will plant as much as they can wherever it is safety. We hope that we will be able to pass confidently the next year, which will not be easy, and grow enough grain for domestic consumption and export", – he emphasized.