In the occupied territories, the area of wheat crops in Ukraine is being reduced and its yield is deteriorating
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Published Nov 30, 2023
The yield of winter wheat in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine last season was 16% lower than in the free territories, with 8% of crops remaining unharvested. The area sown under winter wheat in the occupied territories has decreased by nearly 10% in the current marketing season, indicating a significant decline in cultivation and an increase in neglected arable land. Despite these challenges, Ukraine's deputy chairman of the All-Ukrainian Agrarian Council assures that the country's food security will not be affected, as the existing and upcoming yields are expected to meet domestic needs.
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Last season, the yield of winter wheat in the temporarily occupied territories was 16% lower than in the free territories of Ukraine. In addition, 8% of crops were not harvested. According to the NASA Harvest study together with the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, the total area of winter wheat crops in the previous season was 7.2 million hectares, of which 1.8 million hectares were located in temporarily occupied territories. It is noted that in the current 2023/2024 marketing season, the area sown under winter wheat in the occupied territories of Ukraine has decreased by almost 10%. "Comparing 2023 to 2022, we observe a significant decrease in cultivated area in the occupied territories, accompanied by a marked increase in abandoned arable land. While good weather conditions this season contributed to higher yields, our analysis also revealed significant areas of agricultural land in poor condition and neglect, are concentrated along the front line," commented ...