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April 17 2002, 16:30 APK-Inform

Ahead of past years in planting

APK-Inform analysts reported that farmers have planted over 500,000 ha of sunflower seeds as of Apr 17th, which is 33.5% more than on the same date of the previous year.

Sugar beet planting were nearly 57% over with around 580,000 ha. Planting progress was 10% ahead of past year's figures.

Spring grains planting was half way through with around 7.700 ths ha planted already. Planting progress was also beating past year's indicators.

Corn planting in the meanwhile has just started.

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