Agriculture Minister: Russia's grain corridor sabotage could lead to higher food prices
On September 14, an online meeting was held between the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Solskyi and the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry of Australia Murray Watt.
During the meeting, the ministers discussed the current situation in Ukraine and ways to solve the problems of exporting Ukrainian agricultural products.
Murray Watt expressed support for Ukrainian farmers in extremely difficult work in the conditions of hostilities and occupation of territories.
Mykola Solskyi assured that even in such conditions there is no shortage of basic products in the country. Regarding exports, the Minister noted that the work of the Grain Corridor has somewhat eased the situation, but so far only half of the ports operating before the war are unblocked, and there is no certainty how long these arrangements will work.
Mykola Solskyi offered to discuss the possibility of promoting value-added products at the level of the ministers of agriculture of the countries which are the most powerful grain producers in the world: USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, UK, Argentina, and the other EU countries.
"Currently, customs restrictions on Ukrainian grain export have been canceled. But they were not canceled for the processed products. Each country has its own restrictions on different markets. If we are all in favor of free markets, then it would be right to give Ukraine the opportunity to supply processed products, such as meat and other processed products," Mykola Solskyi said.
He added that the joint position of world exporters could have a positive effect on the market.
Murray Watt expressed his support for Ukraine and assured that the Australian government is interested in cooperation and promoting the further economic development of Ukraine.