Thirty percent of the world's black soil is in Ukraine, and 42 million of the country's 60 million hectares (231,660 square miles) is agricultural land where wheat, barley, rapeseed and sunflowers grow in abundance.
Ukraine’s rich, black soil is one of the country's greatest resources. It is becoming increasingly important to the rest of the world. The vast fields of wheat, barley, rye, oats, sunflower, rapeseeds and other grain and oil crops have long made Ukraine a “breadbasket.”
By virtue of its unspoiled soil, Ukraine is also emerging as a major producer of organic food. Already, hundreds of thousands of acres are devoted to organic farming and agricultural officials and outside experts believe that Ukraine can become a major exporter and help satisfy the increasing demand in Western Europe for such products.
Ukraine’s ‘‘black soil’’ is rightly famous, a rich soil that is well known for its fertile qualities. Thirty percent of the world’s black soil is in Ukraine, and 42 million of the country’s 60 million hectares (231,660 square miles) is agricultural land where wheat, barley, rapeseed and sunflowers grow in abundance.
Оnce known as the breadbasket of Europe, Ukraine is trying to regain that place as harvests soar. Last year, Ukraine suggested to the United Nations that it create a world grain reserve on its territory for times of famine.