This year, Ukraine has a potential to ship abroad about 42 million tonnes of grain compared with 40.2 million tonnes in 2016, Olha Trofimtseva, Ukraine's deputy Agriculture Minister, said during a conference on Ukraine's grain exports in Kyiv, Xinhua reports.

According to the Agriculture Ministry's forecast, the country's grain production is expected to decline by seven percent to 62 million tonnes this year.

However, the strong grain exports are set to be supported by large carry-over stocks and decreased domestic consumption.

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Overall, Ukraine exported $6.075 billion worth of grain last year.