Ukraine: investments up in January-July 2016

In January-July the amount of capital investments in Ukraine has grown almost by 10%, Ukrainian First Vice Prime Minister, Economic Development and Trade Minister Stepan Kubiv has said. “In the first six months of 2016, capital investments grew by 10%, actually by 9.6%. The net increase in foreign direct investments was recorded at $2.3 billion…

Ukraine to sign deal with Georgia on arranging direct ferry-railroad services

Ukraine and Georgia have signed an agreement at the governmental level on arranging direct international railroad services through the two countries’ seaports, the Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry press service reported. The agreement was signed at the International Maritime Forum in Batumi on September 13. “We signed a very important document today, which links Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan…

Kazakhstan: S&P affirms credit ratings

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings affirmed its ‘BBB-/A-3’ long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Kazakhstan. The S&P also affirmed the Kazakhstan national scale ratings at ‘kzAA’, the outlook on the long-term ratings is negative, the credit-rating agency said in a message on September 12. The ratings on Kazakhstan remain…

Ukraine: winter rapeseed sown

During the first ten days of September weather was rather unfavorable for preparation of soil to start the winter rapeseed sowing. The reason was higher average daily temperature, which exceeded the norm by 1.1-6 C, contributing to soil evaporation, and lack of precipitations. Sufficient moistening of upper soil layer (21-30 mm) was observed only in…

Ukraine: 4% of soybeans harvested

Ukrainian farmers continue to harvest sunflower. As of September 7, 599 thousand ha or 10% of the intended area (5905 thousand ha) was threshed, up by 27% YoY (472 thousand ha). 1170 KMT of sunflower was obtained with the average yield of 1.95 MT/ha. In 2015 over the same period 913 KMT of sunflower was…

Russia: US lifts sanctions from defense companies

The U.S. has lifted some of its sanctions imposed on Russian defense company Rosoboronexport so that the countries are able to cooperate under a helicopter project, Zamir Kabulov, director of the Second Asian Department at Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, said. “We supplied 63 Mi-17 helicopters to Afghanistan in the previous year and in the year…

Russia to harvest record volumes of soybeans

According to the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat), in 2016/2017 MY the planted areas under soybeans in Russia will increase to the record level of 2.18 million ha (up by 3% YoY). According to APK-Inform forecasts, in 2016/2017 MY the general harvest of the oilseed will reach the record level of 2.71 million tons in…

Russia: more cases of ASF reported

More outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been discovered on Russian pig farms.

In total, 40 new cases were reported across three backyard farms in Bajgushi, Boretsk and Tavolzhansky. (ThePigSite/Business World Magazine)

Russia: wheat bran exports up in June 2016

In June Russian exporters shipped more than 76 KMT of wheat bran, up by 82% YoY (about 42 KMT). In 2015/2016 Russia exported 17% more wheat bran than in the previous season (793.5 KMT against 679.6 KMT). Traditionally, Turkey remains the key importer of Black Sea bran. In 2015/2016 Turkey increased imports from Russia by…

Russia: 101 million tons of grains harvested

As of September 12, Russian agrarians continued harvesting grains and pulses. Agrarians harvested grain crops throughout the general areas of 37.4 million ha (on the same date in 2015 – 32.5 million ha), or 79.2% of the planned areas (47.3 million ha). The produced volumes reached 101 million tons of grains, with the average yield…