Agrarian Ministry pushes forward signing MoU for 2021/22, wheat export limit increased

The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine arranges signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the country's grain market participants, traders. The document shall stipulate the export ceiling for wheat and corn effective in the 2021/22 season, writes.

The Agrarian Minister Roman Leshchenko states that the grain memorandum will oversee the food security in Ukraine and introduce state regulation in the event of a risk for the domestic grain supply.

As reported by, the Ministry had a meeting with grain traders to consider wheat export limit from Ukraine at 25 mln t. A high priority was given to food wheat since its sufficient supply in the Ukrainian market is pivotal.

It is proposed to set the food-to-feed-wheat proportion in the MoU at 60/40%. However, disputes are ongoing to put it at 40/60%.

For context, in 2021, the Ukrainian grain market faced the inability to complete the 2020/21 forward program, when, due to skyrocketing prices, producers defaulted on their forward contracts en masse to avoid losing profits, or when they could not fulfill agreements for weather-related factors.

In the 2020/21 season, wheat export from Ukraine was limited in the MoU to 17.5 mln t, rye 1 thou. t. Wheat shipment limit was not exceeded, rye totalled 15.8 thou. t.

Since the start of 2021/22, sea ports in Ukraine have shipped 14.55 mln t of staple grains for export, 18% up YoY.

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