Laboratories of the State Agricultural Inspection recognized over 1.500 million tonnes of grain seeds as conditioned, representing 121 % of the need.
The Cabinet’s press service informed.
“As of October this year, the laboratory received for examination 1.593 million tonnes of grain seeds. Among them 1.588 million tonnes were acknowledged as conditioned, representing 121% of the demand, at the same time, the entire amount of seed was recognized to be not below the second reproduction,” a statement reads.
Also, for spring planting this year agricultural enterprises stored 591,980 tonnes of seeds of grain and leguminous crops (excluding maize) or 135% of the need. 579,960 tonnes of seeds came to the laboratory department for examination. Of this amount, 578,700 tonnes been recognized conditioned, representing 132% of the need. Certified seeds of high reproduction (not below the second) make up 575,500 tonnes or 99%.
However, the department regularly monitored the contents or absence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the crop seeds. As of October, 5,933 samples of seeds have been selected and tested in Ukraine, of which GMO ingredients were found only in four samples. These seeds were withdrawn from the seed volumes and the issue of certificates for such seeds was banned.
According to the forecast of the Agriculture and Food Ministry, in general, insufficient sowing of winter crops under the yield of 2014 will make up 400,000 hectares. “Through the increase of the quality seed technology and technical upgrade we will increase the total yield, but the area will decrease,” Agrarian Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk said.
Overall, the analysts estimate the agricultural market yield of winter wheat in 2014 at the level of 22.6 million tonnes, winter rape – 1.8 million tonnes. According to the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center, in early November, winter crop seedlings were obtained on 70-75% of sown area, while the state of the crops was rated as good and excellent.
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/certified-seeds-of-winter-crops-make-up-121-of-needs-cabinet)