Ukraine: seaports grain exports up in the third week of November 2016

On November 14-20, Ukraine exported 616.7 thousand tons of grains from the seaports, against 463.3 thousand tons on the previous week.

In particular, wheat shipments reached 158 thousand tons, corn – 408.2 thousand tons, and barley – 50.5 thousand tons. (APK-Inform/Business World Magazine)

Ukraine: groats production recovering

Groats production in Ukraine totaled 35.05 KMT in September, up by 13.5% YoY (30.87 KMT). In 2016 the production of all groats in Ukraine has increased by 2.2% to 233.12 KMT. This included a 46.4% hike in output of rice groats, to 13.51 KMT, 36.5% in oat groats (2.02 KMT), 33.1% in millet groats (11.77…

Ukraine: grain legumes output up in 2016

In 2016 Ukraine considerably increased grain legumes production. Although official figures are not available yet, it can be assumed that legumes crop is 70% higher than last year, mainly owing to significant expansion of peas planted area. Moreover, favorable weather in spring and early summer ensured all-time high peas productivity. In general, experts believe grain…

Ukraine: Fitch upgrades 7 banks on sovereign rating change

Fitch Ratings has upgraded the long-term foreign currency issuer default ratings (IDRs) of seven Ukrainian banks to ‘B-‘ from ‘CCC’, Fitch has said in a press release. The banks are State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine (Ukreximbank), State Savings Bank of Ukraine (Oschadbank), Alfa-Bank, Ukrsotsbank, ProCredit Bank (Ukraine), Credit Agricole Bank and Pravex-Bank. The outlooks on…

Bulgaria: wheat output reaches record high

Wheat production in Bulgaria reached a new record in the 2016-2017 market year behind higher yields, favorable weather and a shift in the use of imported genetics, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The FAS forecast wheat production for 2016-2017 at 5.65 million tons, up nearly…

Belarus: Minsk getting ready to discuss joining WTO

Belarus is getting prepared to hold talks with the European Union in December-January on matters of joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), Belarus’ Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and its Permanent Representative to the European Union and NATO Alexander Mikhnevich said. “They are ready to sit down at a negotiating table with us in December-January”,…

Kazakhstan: grain to enter Saudi Arabia market

Saudi Arabia intends to import Kazakhstani grain in case of cost-efficient logistics, Batyr Batyrshayev, Kazakhstan’s Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and concurrently to the Kingdom of Bahrain, said. Saudi Arabia annually spends about $22 billion on food imports. The kingdom is interested in Kazakhstani grain due to its high quality. However, high transport…