Ukraine has exported a total of 20.5 million tons of grain in the period from July 1, 2014 to January 16, 2015, 1.5% more than in the same period a season earlier, the agriculture ministry said on Friday. The volume included 8.4 million tons of wheat, 8.1 million tons of corn and 3.7 million tons of barley.

Agriculture ministryestimated Ukraine's grain stocks at 38.8 million tonsas of January 1. Stocks included 13 million tons of wheat, 3.8 million tons of barley and 20.2 million tons of corn.

Ukraine harvested 63.8 million tons of grain in 2014. It consumes around 26 million tons of grain per season and plans to export at least 33 million tons in 2014/15