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Ukraine introduces temporary grain quotas

Drought-hit Ukraine has introduced temporary grain export quotas, a spokesman for the country's Agriculture Ministry.

The quota of 12,000 metric tons of grain exports covers the export of wheat, rye, barley and corn.

High temperatures
High temperatures (35 degrees Celsius) and soil temperatures of up to 46 degrees Celsius in combination with a lack of rainfall, had damaged winter and spring grain crops, in particular barley, oats and grain legumes. However, the country stocked up on food resources before the 2007 harvest, and there will no bread shortage, he said.

Ukraine is expected to harvest about 30 million metric tons of grain this year.

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