With the beginning of the “grain initiative” it was possible to export more than 24 million tons of grain, which is an important aspect in the fight against the food crisis. Therefore, Ukraine insists on an open-ended “grain agreement”. Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal announced this at the government meeting.
“Since the beginning of the “grain initiative”, we managed to export more than 24 million tons of food. If the Black Sea sea lanes are unblocked, we can export twice as much. Ukraine is one of the key links of global food security, so we insist that the “grain agreement” be open-ended and automatically extended for 120 days. The same position is followed by Turkey and the UN,” said Shmyhal.
From August 1, 2022, 814 vessels exported 24.4 million tons of Ukrainian food to the countries of Asia, Europe and Africa from the ports of Great Odesa. In connection with the shortage of the new fleet and the queue in the territorial waters of Turkey, the export of agricultural products through the “grain corridor” does not exceed 3.4 million tons per month, this is despite the ability to give the world 6 million tons of products of Ukrainian farmers.