Ukrainian hemp farmers say they won’t give up on getting crops harvested

Ukrainian hemp farmers say they won’t give up on getting crops harvested
CANNANNEW REPORT

Hemp Today reports on the farmers who won’t say no… Despite struggles with sourcing fuel, challenging logistics, blocked ports and clogged overland routes out of the country, some hemp farmers in Ukraine are forging ahead and have put in put in crops this year. With fields estimated at more than 3,000 hectares (7,500 acres) last year, total area under hemp in 2022 is expected to be somewhere between 2,000-3,000 hectares (5,000-7,500 acres), estimated farmer Roman Fedorowycz, who grows hemp and other crops near Rivne in the northwestern part of the country. Late plantings Most hemp plantings were late this year, said Fedorowycz, a Michigan native who grows hemp for grain and fiber, and multiplies Ukrainian cultivation seed varieties which his company, Dibrova Farms Ltd., exports to the USA and other markets. Fedorowycz said he has put in 250 acres of hemp this year after planting in 1,500 acres in 2021. A global leader in the export of wheat, corn and sunflower oil, Ukrainian agriculture interests have seen that business all but cut off amid Russia’s occupation of major ports on the Black Sea that brought a blockade on shipments. While overland routes at Ukraine’s borders with its non-Russian neighbors are open, shipments can be delayed by as much as a week at major crossings, Fedorowycz said. Fuel is scarce Meanwhile, several hemp growers report fuels needed for their hemp growing operations are difficult to obtain after Russia and Belarus cut off nearly two-thirds of the total diesel Ukraine imports annually, with EU imports proving insufficient. The war has all but shut down the country’s Institute of Bast Crops (IBC) a part of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences (NAAS) located at Hlukiv in the Sumy Region, near the Russian border in northern Ukraine, according to Aaron Barr, CEO at Canadian Rockies…

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