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The maize shipments jumped to 3.1 million tonnes in March, the highest so far for the 2016/2017 marketing year that runs from July to June, from 1.8 million tonnes in February, Reuters reports.

Exports of wheat rose to 1.05 million tonnes from 840,000 tonnes a month earlier.

Ukraine exported a total of 34.2 million tonnes of grain in the first nine months of the current 2016/2017 season.

Read alsoWinter cereals in Ukraine in good condition – UkrAgroConsultEarlier this month, UkrAgroConsult raised its forecast for the 2017 grain harvest to 61.4 million tonnes from a previous estimate of 60.9 million tonnes.

A stronger harvest would likely raise the 2017/18 grain export forecast to 39.5 million tonnes from 38.8 million tonnes, said UkrAgroConsult.

Read alsoUkraine exports agricultural products worth almost $14 bln in 2016Ukraine's agriculture ministry forecasts grain exports for the period at a record 42 million tonnes.