Mriya Agro Holding’s sowing campaign is under way
Mriya Agro Holding has started sowing its Spring crop for 2017 harvesting. Drilling started in Chernivtsi, where spring barley sowing is already under way as the thaw and favourable weather conditions allowed for an earlier than planned start to the campaign. Ternopil region will be sown next, followed by Ivano-Frankivsk.
For spring barley, Mriya uses its own seed from primary and second seed reproduction. Andriy Hrihorov, head of Operations at Mriya, commented: “Since the company has its own high quality barley seed, it has adopted the policy this year of shifting away from spring wheat, for which it would have had to buy in seed, This gives us the possibility to reduce costs. In addition, the areas under barley cultivation in Ukraine have been significantly reduced in recent years due to the decline in livestock numbers. This means that market conditions are favourable for us.
Mriya plans to put 6000 hectares to spring barley as part of its crop policy this year. In tandem with this, the agro-holding will also drill peas on 500 hectares in Ternopil, while its arable profile offers a further 4000 hectares to be sown with spring rape.
In early April Mriya will start on the sunflower crop, sowing 32,000 hectares, and will drill sugar beet in 3,500 hectares. As usual, it will sow maize and soya, over 20,300 hectares and 17,000 hectares respectively. To date, 2,000 hectares have been allocated for other types of spring crop.