Belarus: manufacturing output up in H1 2016

State support helped the companies affiliated with the Industry Ministry increase output, Belarus’ Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov said. “Support provided to the companies of the Industry Ministry during this complicated period helped them increase the output by 0.7% over 2015 and 1.4% in January-July 2016. Backlog of inventories was reduced by almost Br2 trillion (non-redenominated)”,…

Ukraine: grain quality improvement determined by new information environment

Ukrainian grain business pays more and more attention to the latest information technologies and their role in competitiveness improvement on the global market. Information on grain quality, reputation of supplier/country of origin becomes the main factor of competitiveness and securing a foothold in markets. The new approach to market data interpretation will provide the expansion…

Russia: troops alerted in Far East in practice drills

Large units and formations of Russia’s Eastern Military District have been alerted in training drills in four regions of the Trans-Baikal Territory in East Siberia and the Russian Far East, district spokesman Alexander Gordeyev said. “The headquarters of two combined armies and their subordinate large units and formations stationed in the Trans-Baikal and Khabarovsk Territories,…

Korea: Seoul confirms Russian carrier rocket to put satellite into orbit in 2020

Seoul’s aerospace research institute confirmed that the Russian Angara-1.2 carrier rocket would put the South Korean KOMPSAT-6 satellite, also known as the Arirang 6, into orbit in 2020. Earlier this month, Roscosmos space corporation said in a statement that the KOMPSAT-6 multipurpose satellite would be launched using Russia’s Angara-1.2. “The ILS Angara 1.2 vehicle was…

Russia: Erginskoye oilfield to be auctioned

The Russian Natural Resources and Environment Ministry plans to auction the Erginskoye oilfield in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District until the end of 2016, an official said. Media reported earlier that the auction had been suspended as foreign investors had not decided on their participation in the auction. The ministry earlier offered to set a requirement…

Russia: Ilyushin Finance Co number of ordered CS300 down

The leasing company “Ilyushin Finance Co”. (IFC) has reduced the number of ordered Bombardier CS300 from 32 to 20 aircrafts. The delivery is expected in late 2018. The parties explain this adjustments differently. According to Bombardier’s opinion Russian customers consider new market’s demands, but IFC refers to the Canadian export agency, which hasn’t provided cheap…

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…