KIEV, April 26 Ukraine boosted its grain exports
to 4.54 million tonnes in March up 52 percent from 2.98 million
tonnes in February thanks to record sales of maize, analyst
UkrAgroConsult said on Wednesday.
The maize shipments jumped to 3.1 million tonnes in March,
the highest so far for the 2016/2017 marketing year that runs
from July to June, from 1.8 million tonnes in February.
Exports of wheat rose to 1.05 million tonnes from 840,000
tonnes a month earlier.
Ukraine exported a total of 34.2 million tonnes of grain in
the first nine months of the current 2016/2017 season.
Earlier this month, UkrAgroConsult raised its forecast for
the 2017 grain harvest to 61.4 million tonnes from a previous
estimate of 60.9 million tonnes.
A stronger harvest would likely raise the 2017/18 grain
export forecast to 39.5 million tonnes from 38.8 million tonnes,
Ukraine's agriculture ministry forecasts grain exports for
the period at a record 42 million tonnes.
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Christian