USDA: cereals must leave Ukrainian ports to alleviate the food crisis



Sao Paulo, 28 – US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has called for Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea to be opened to ship grain out of the country and help alleviate the global food crisis. “Trade must resume from Black Sea ports that have been damaged or disrupted by the Russian invasion,” Vilsack said on Monday 27, during the Global Food Forum of The Wall Street newspaper.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, one of the main wheat-producing regions in the world, is putting pressure on a global supply chain that was still teetering due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “The world needs Ukrainian wheat,” Vilsack said. “It is important that we take steps to do our best to open ports so that the grain, currently in Ukraine, can be exported to North Africa and the Middle East.”

According to the USDA secretary, the United States must also look for ways to increase its agricultural production to help close the gap in global grain supplies. He also called for a better system to chart global food markets so there is less guesswork about agricultural product flows and discouraged the application of measures like the one taken in India, which recently banned grain exports to bolster its supply. internal food. “In our opinion, this is the last thing they should do at this point,” Vilsack said.

Small quantities of grain from Ukraine are now being sent by train across the border to Poland’s Baltic ports, but the process is slow and not seen as a long-term solution, industry executives say. Vilsack thanked Ukrainian traders for their efforts to stay in the country and ship small quantities of grain through existing outlets.

The United Nations is negotiating with Russia and Ukraine to reopen the Black Sea routes for food shipments. However, in the past week, several grain terminals, including facilities owned by Bunge and Viterra, were damaged in a Russian attack, further threatening potential exports. Source: Dow Jones Newswires.

Source: Terra

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