|Ukraine is prominent Grain producing country|
Agriculture consultancy UkrAgroConsult on Tuesday raised its forecast for Ukraine's 2012 grain harvest to 45.5 million tonnes from a previous estimate of 45.1 million.
The former Soviet republic was likely to harvest more peas, oats and millet this year, the consultancy said in a statement.
It also said Ukraine, which could thresh 13.8 million tonnes of wheat in 2012, was likely to export 7.0 million tonnes, while overall grain exports might total 24.88 million tonnes this season.
"The slow pace of wheat and barley exports in the first half of the season indicates that export potential for these two crops will not be realised.
Their surpluses will be partially utilised for feed purposes and the remainder will be carried over into the next season," UkrAgroConsult said.
It added that about 3.2 million tonnes of wheat was exported from Ukraine in July-February 2011/12.
The largest buyer of Ukrainian wheat was Spain, which took in about 30 percent of Ukrainian exports.