Thanks to climate change, rice cultivation can expand northward in Ukraine, from Odesa and Kherson, to Poltava and Dnipropetrovsk

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Thanks to climate change, rice cultivation can expand northward in Ukraine, from Odesa and Kherson, to Poltava and Dnipropetrovsk

Thanks to climate change, rice cultivation can expand northward in Ukraine, from Odesa and Kherson, to Poltava and Dnipropetrovsk, says Viktor Sheremeta, deputy minister of Agrarian Policy and Food. “Today, only two regions are engaged in rice cultivation,” Sheremeta told a meeting of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences. “Given climate change, Ukraine has every opportunity to increase its rice crops to meet its own needs and, in the long run, to develop new markets.” Currently, rice is grown on only 13% of the 100,000 hectares appropriate in Ukraine’s southernmost regions. Lack of irrigation and competition with imported rice are the top two obstacles.

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