May 9, 2022

 

UN Food Agency says close to 25 million tonnes of grain are stuck in Ukraine

 

 

Josef Schmidhuber, Deputy Director, Markets and Trade Division of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), said close to 25 million tonnes of grain are stuck in Ukraine and cannot leave the nation because of infrastructure issues and blocked Black Sea ports, Reuters reported.

 

The blocked sea ports are the main cause of soaring global food prices, which has reached a record high in March this year before easing in April following Russia's invasion into Ukraine.

 

Data from the International Grains Council showed Ukraine was the fourth biggest corn exporter in the 2020/21 season and the sixth biggest wheat exporter.

 

Schmidhuber said the next harvest in July and August could see storage shortages because of the full silos.

 

He said there is another concern over reports of attacks on grain storage, but did not provide further details.

 

Ukraine has been forced to ship its grains via train at its western border or through its small Danube river ports since the conflict began.

 

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, head of the World Trade Organization, said there is a major risk of food prices increasing above affordability, and it would help the world if Ukrainian grain could be exported.

 

-      Reuters

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