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UKRAINE'S AG MINISTER ESTIMATES PLANTED ACRES TO BE CUT IN HALF, RUSSIANS TARGETING FOOD SUPPLIES
By Tyne Morgan, AgWeb.com

The crisis in Ukraine continues as farmers prepare to plant. And now there are reports planted acres in the country could fall by half this spring as Russia is accused of deliberately targeting Ukrainian agriculture.

During a meeting this week, the European Commission accused Russia of targeting agriculture in Ukraine to spur a food shortage and cause widespread famine in the state.

"I would point out that Russia appears to be deliberately targeting and destroying Ukraine's food stocks and food storages," Valdis Dombrovskis, Commission vice-president said on Wednesday

Reuters reported Ukraine's Ag Minister Roman Lshchenko said planted acres could be cut in half due to the war. He said farmers in Ukraine may only be able to plant about 7 million hectares this year compared to 15-million last year before the Russian invasion.

Winter wheat, which is already in the ground, is looking at a reduction, too. Lshchenko stated farmers planted 6.5 million hectares of winter wheat, but the harvested area may only be around 4 million.

On Thursday, Reuters reported Lshchenko resigned citing health reasons. The news came a month after Russia invaded Ukraine.

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