Ukraine, which is about the size of Texas, often is referred to as Europe’s breadbasket. Traditionally known for its winter wheat and rapeseed crops, vast tracts of Ukrainian acres have been transformed into corn and soybean production in the past decade to meet the demand from China, Africa, and the Middle East. Ukraine is expected to harvest 26 million tons of corn in 2013 and to export some 16 million tons of that during the 2013-2014 marketing year.
The name of the game today in Ukraine is its giant agri-holdings – farms so large that some are equipped with helipads. International money and foreign know-how are keeping these large farms running profitably.
Its capital, Kiev, is headquarters to an impressive concentration of world-class agribusiness managers who pull strings behind the scenes as they manage millions of acres of prime Ukrainian farmland for global investors.
also see China’s massive investment in Ukraine farmland