russia’s war against Ukraine has become one of the factors provoking the world food crisis and threatening global food security. Losses of the Ukrainian agricultural sector due to the war also have an impact on the growth of food prices. This was emphasized by Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Solsky during his address at the International Forum on Agriculture and Food of the Italian Confederation of Agricultural Producers – Coldiretti.
He thanked the partners for their support and stressed the importance of joining concerted efforts to prevent possible famine in the world.
The Minister also noted that the Ukrainian agricultural sector has suffered heavy losses due to the war. The key problem for farmers remains expensive logistics and low grain prices, which now barely cover the cost of production.
“Our agrarians have suffered and are suffering huge losses, taking into account the cost of fertilizers, fuel and sometimes millions of dollars of damage to their production. This has already affected the sowing campaign of winter crops and will directly affect the performance of the spring sowing campaign,” said Mykola Solsky.
Despite the difficult challenges caused by the war, Ukraine is ready to continue fulfilling its obligations to export agricultural products and support poorer countries. In particular, within the framework of the Grain from Ukraine humanitarian initiative.
“The crisis provoked by the war goes far beyond food insecurity and requires a comprehensive response and support of Ukraine. Human lives are not a subject for bargaining,” the Minister concluded.