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Ukraine’s grain export situation worsening by the day, says agriculture minister

Randy Mancini 6 Mar 26
FILE PHOTO: Ears of wheat are seen in a field in Kyiv region
FILE PHOTO: Ears of wheat are seen in a field near the village of Hrebeni in Kyiv region, Ukraine July 17, 2020. Picture taken July 17, 2020. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photo

March 26, 2022

LVIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine’s new agriculture minister Mykola Solskyi on Saturday said Ukraine’s ability to export grains was getting worse by the day and would only improve if the war with Russia ends.

Speaking in a televised briefing, Solskyi said Ukraine, one of the world’s top grain producers, would normally be exporting 4-5 million tonnes of grain per month – a volume that has fallen to just a few hundred-thousand tonnes.

“The impact (on global markets) is direct, dramatic and large. And it continues. Every day the situation will become more and more difficult,” he said.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; editing by Barbara Lewis)