Ukraine reduces winter crops planting by 9 percent

09:06, December 16, 2010      

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Ukraine's state statistic committee said Wednesday the country has reduced the planting of winter crops by 9.1 percent.

"The country's agricultural enterprises had planted winter grains almost on 9.3 million ha, that is 9.1 percent less than in 2009," the committee said in a statement.

The data showed the largest decline was seen in winter barley --21.5 percent, while wheat planting dropped 1.7 percent.

According to earlier reports, an abnormally warm and dry autumn would affect the harvest of winter crops in Ukraine.

Ukraine, one of the world's largest grain exporters, endured a torrid summer and severe winter that caused a drop in this year's harvest.

Source: Xinhua

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