Ukraine to lose 111K acres to fighting in east

Kiev | Reuters — Ukraine will lose around 45,000 hectares (about 111,200 acres) of its grains harvest due to fighting in eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk controlled by pro-Russian separatists, the agriculture ministry said Friday.

Fighting between Ukrainian government forces and rebels has also damaged another 3,300 hectares (8,100 acres) of crops, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry gave no tonnage of the lost harvest.

According to ministry data, farmers harvested 82 per cent of Ukraine’s overall planted area as of Oct. 10 and threshed 47.1 million tonnes of grain.

Agriculture Minister Ihor Shvaika said this month the 2014 grain harvest was likely to reach a record-high 64.4 million tonnes versus 63 million in 2013.

He said the forecast took into account losses in the east.

Reporting for Reuters by Pavel Polityuk in Kiev.

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