UN launched new project to support Ukrainian farmers
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched a new project to support Ukrainian farmers estimated at 17 million dollars.
It was reported by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food.
"To address the impacts of the war in Ukraine on the global agricultural sector, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched a new $17 million project to help Ukrainian farmers save the upcoming harvest in July-August while ensuring export of critical agricultural goods to international markets," the message says.
It is reported that the project is financed by Japan and implemented jointly with the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine. It aims to restore grain storage capacity and functionality of supply chains from harvest to export, as well as maintain the productive capacity of Ukrainian farmers to enable continued future productions.
The Ministry of Agrarian Policy notes that Ukraine is among the top five global grain exporters, supplying over 45 million tons of grain harvest to the world market yearly.
According to the ministry, 18 million tons of last year's crop of grain and oilseeds are awaiting export due to the Black Sea ports' blocking. At the same time, alternative rail and river routes cannot compensate for the loss of exports through sea routes and solve the problem of bottlenecks in new possible supply chains that have yet to be solved.
The project will provide technical support to the government for the creation of alternative grain export routes and contribute to the rapid expansion of the technical potential of the laboratory in Izmail. It will allow farmers to comply with international standards to carry out quality checks of animal and food products for safety and certification.