Ukraine: 40% of sunflower harvested

Ukrainian farmers continue harvesting sunflower. As of September 19, 2362.2 thousand ha or 40% of the intended area had been threshed (5905 thousand ha), down by 8% YoY (2183 thousand ha). 4963.1 KMT of sunseed had been obtained with the average yield of 2.1 MT/ha. Last year on the same date 4374 KMT had been…

Russia: Tu-95MS bombers taking part in SCO exercise in Kyrgyzstan

Two strategic missile carrying bombers Tupolev-95MS take part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s anti-terrorist exercise Peace Mission-2016, currently underway in Kyrgyzstan, an assistant to the commander of Russia’s Central Military District Yaroslav Roshchupkin has said. “The planes took off from the Engels airdrome in the Saratov region, stayed in the air for about nine hours…

Russia: Rostelecom to use payphones as notification means

Public payphones in Russia could notify people in remote areas in emergency situations, and the country needs them in this state, Sergei Kalugin, president of the state-controlled telecom operator Rostelecom, reported. “Probably, payphones are not the most advanced means of communications, but there are situations when it is the only means available, primarily, during critical…

Russia: 3 air carriers apply for international flights from Moscow’s new airport

Ikar, Vim-Avia and Nordavia air carriers have applied for operating international flights from Zhukovsky airport in the Moscow region, according to the documents released by Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia). The information on flights operated by those companies from Zhukovsky can be found in the draft protocol to the meeting of the interdepartmental commission…

Ukraine: Silk Road development discussed with Kazakhstan

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has discussed with his Kazakh counterpart Erlan Idrissov prospects for development of transport connection between the two countries, the Ukrainian foreign ministry’s press service reports. “The ministers stressed that one of the top priority tasks for the further development of the Ukrainian-Kazakh cooperation was an increase in transport capacity, in…

Egypt to send delegation to Russia over wheat dispute

Egypt, the world’s biggest wheat importer, will send officials on Monday to thrash out a deal to end the standoff, which saw Moscow respond by suspending imports of Egyptian citrus fruit. Russia’s health agency announced last week that it was introducing “temporary restrictions” to potentially “high risk” Egyptian produce. Egyptian Commerce and Industry Minister Tarek…

Ukraine: sugar exports up in 2015/2016

The national association of sugar producers Ukrtsukor has assessed sugar exports from Ukraine for 2015/2016 agricultural year (September-August) at 113,000 tons, up by 3% YoY. According to the association, in money terms sugar exports in 2015/2016 agri-year totaled $52.6 million, not taking into account white sugar made from imported cane raw sugar on a tolling…

Russia: Ukrainian-made ISS docking system to be replaced

Russia’s newly-designed system of approach and docking Kurs-MKP will replace the equipment of Ukrainian manufacture installed on the ISS in two years’ time, the head of radio-technical systems of mutual measurements for the search, approach and docking of spacecraft division at the Scientific Research Institute for Precision Instruments Sergey Medvedev said. “Our task for 2017…

Ukraine to expand agricultural exports to Palestine

Ukraine is ready to expand a range of agricultural products exported to Palestine and increase the volume of such deliveries, Ukrainian Agrarian Policy and Food Minister Taras Kutovyi has stated at a meeting with Palestinian Agriculture Minister Soufian Sultan, the press service of the Ukrainian Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry reports. “Ukraine is ready to…

Ukraine: 40.5 MMT of grain harvested

As of September 19, grains and pulses had been harvested from 10329 thousand ha (72% of the intended area) compared with 10832 thousand ha as of September 21, 2015. Farmers obtained 40.537 MMT with the average yields at 3.92 MT/ha (on the same date in 2015 – 39.295 MMT with the average productivity of 3.63…