Russia: aviation to receive new-generation bombs

Russia’s Aerospace Force will soon receive new-generation air bombs equipped with proximity fuzes, CEO of Tecmash engineering group Sergei Rusakov said. The tests of the fuze that has been developed by Tecmash’s Electronic Instruments R&D Institute in Novosibirsk have passed successfully, he said. “Now the institute is preparing to launch the product into serial production.…

Russia: VIM Airlines set for maiden A330-200

VIM Airlines is set to add a maiden A330-200 to its fleet. Formerly in service with EVA Air it was ferried from Lourdes/Tarbes to Dublin Int’l earlier this month for painting and maintenance ahead of its delivery to Russia. The aircraft is owned and managed by SMBC Aviation Capital. VIM Airlines operational fleet currently entails…

Russia: oilseed acreage revised

Federal State Statistic Service has changed its estimate of oilseeds acreage for the 2016/2017 crop. Correction was made for all oil crops to a greater or lesser degree. In this regard, production estimates were also revised. Some analysts give bold projections and work with close to record productivity, while others are more modest in their…

Russia: harvesting of grains and pulses

According to official data, as of August 8, farmers have threshed 17.663 million ha (37.4%) of grains and legumes against 15.6 million ha as of August 8, 2015. 62.526 MMT was harvested with average yield 3.54 MT/ha (48.414 MMT in 2015 with 3.1 MT/ha). Wheat was threshed from 11.745 million ha (42.4%) against 11.326 million…

Ukraine: grain infrastructure in need of developing

At the beginning of the new 2016/2017 season Ukrainian grain market faced an unusually high demand for railroad transportation. Due to falling competitiveness of road transport for grain exports, an increased load on railway network revealed problems in grain infrastructure. This once again proves the need for further development and modernization of transport and logistics…

Ukraine: peas harvests up

Peas harvesting is nearly over in Ukraine. This year in Ukraine peas acreage exceeded last year’s area by 33% and reached five-year high. And not only favorable weather during sowing contributed to this. In 2015 peas appeared to be one of the most profitable agri crops among grains and pulses, as well as more attractive…

Ukraine: corn oil output down

Despite the systematic increase in corn production volumes in Ukraine, the tendency of corn oil production mainly showed downward dynamics. According to the statistics figures, in 2015 Ukraine produced 7.97 thousand tons of the commodity, down by 35% compared with the index in 2011 (12.26 thousand tons). It should be noted that the reporting market…

Ukraine: sunflower planted area underestimated

The State Statistics Committee of Ukraine greatly surprised or even shocked the market by publishing the final data on oilseeds planted area, particularly that of sunflower – 5.9 million ha. It’s not that the market hasn’t expected such a large sunflower acreage in 2016, but on the contrary. Back in December 2015 UkrAgroConsult estimated that…

Russia: grain export volumes up in July 2016

According to territorial directorates of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), in July Russia exported 3.6 million tons of grains and by-products on the basis of issued phytosanitary certificates, up by 12% YoY. In particular, grains formed the major share of the reporting foreign supplies – 3.14 million tons (up by 8%…

Ukraine: gas transit up in August 2016

The scheduled repair of Nord Stream for the period from August 9 through August 17 has resulted in a rise in Russian gas transit across the Ukrainian gas transport system to Europe by 20%, spokesman of public joint-stock company Ukrtransgaz Maksym Beliavsky has said. “Due to repair of Nord Stream gas pumping by Ukraine to…

Europe: corn market

Precipitation deficit at the background of excessive air temperatures in several Black Sea countries, particularly in Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine, raise market operators` concerns as to the volume of Black Sea corn supply in 2016/2017. But major attention is focused on Bulgaria and Romania, due to the fact that precipitation quantity has been lower in…

Belarus: grains harvests down

As of August 9, agricultural organizations of Belarus harvested grains and pulses throughout 1.484 million ha, or 67.2% of the planned areas, down by 48.5 thousand ha YoY. The average yield totaled 3.47 t/ha, the harvested volumes – 5.146 million tons of grains, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Belarus declared. Agrarians have…

Russia: Far East not disregarding rapeseed

Komsomolets plant (Zabaykal region) is going to receive 400 million RUB for development from Far East development fund and from Baykal region`s fund. The plant grows rapeseed and fodder crops. Despite the common tendency to decrease sowing area of rapeseed, the plant is going to sow ten times more rapeseed and grain crops. Apart from…

Russia: airline passenger traffic down in H1 2016

Russian airlines carried 38.1 million passengers in the first half of 2016, down by 7.6% YoY. International traffic was down by 26.8%, to 13.4 million passengers YoY. Domestic traffic was up by 7.7%, to 24.7 million, Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) reported. In June, international traffic dropped by 30.5%, to 3.1 million, while domestic…