KIEV, Mar 30 (Reuters) – At least 18% of Ukrainian farmers expect to reduce the area sown to maize in 2021 due to last summer’s drought, while 13% could increase it, a survey by the consultancy showed on Tuesday. agricultural APK-Inform.
Corn is Ukraine’s main grain export and the market predicts that the country will supply some 24 million tonnes of corn in the 2020/21 season.
The survey showed that the corn acreage in 2021 could fall 14% from last year, with the largest decrease occurring in regions affected by the drought of the boreal summer of 2020.
The severe 2020 drought reduced Ukraine’s maize crop by at least 5 million tonnes.
APK-Inform noted that farmers in the central Cherkasy and Kirovohrad regions plan to reduce their maize acreage by more than 50%. However, the consultant pointed out that the situation could change in the boreal spring depending on the weather conditions.
The government has said that it expects the area sown to corn to reach 5.3 million hectares this year, up from 5.4 million hectares in 2020.
Ukraine harvested 30.3 million tonnes of corn in 2020 and the harvest could reach 33.2 million tonnes this year, according to official forecasts.
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Edited in Spanish by Javier Leira)