“Currently, the reaping process covered 4% territory of the region. We suffer from lack of financial resources, we have no access to the credit. This situation is really unusual, but the farmers will continue working. We expect to sow the winter crops under harvest 2016 on the area 302 thousand ha,” said the head of the agricultural department of the Donetsk Regional State Administration Oleksandr Dzygym.
Agriculture Ministry reports that according to current data, Donetsk region already harvested crops from 118 thousand hectares. The average yield is 30 c per ha.
The reaping company is to be held on 441 thousand ha, which is 160 thousand ha less than last year, winter grain area decreased to 327 thousand ha (74%). It is planned to use 1350 combine harvesters. The availability of diesel fuel and gasoline for vehicles is 39% only.
In Lugansk region agrarians managed to begin harvesting only yesterday, July 7. Here farmers plan to reap 247,7 thousand ha with 35 c per haaverage yield. Luhansk region has 98% fuel needed for reaping company.
Ukrainian Agriculture Ministry considers intensifying the cooperation with farmers Donetsk and Luhansk on forward and spot purchases.