Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Markiyan Dmytrasevych addressed at the meeting of the EU Council of Agriculture and Fisheries. He outlined the situation with the export of Ukrainian agricultural products and told about Ukraine's urgent needs due to the blockade of seaports.
"Currently low export rates may lead to a shortage of storage facilities in Ukraine at the level of 10-15 million tons. Before the war, the total storage capacity was 75 million tons of grain, but today there are storages only for 60 million tons – the rest was lost due to destruction and temporary occupation. Therefore, we have an urgent need to equip temporary grain storage facilities – modular structures and plastic bags." – Dmytrasevych outlined the situation.
EU governments will consider providing Ukraine with such temporary storages – as a result, it should significantly help in preserving the harvest and ensuring future grain supplies to world markets.
“Functional phytosanitary and veterinary laboratories in the Danube port in Izmail will help speed up the export of Ukrainian products, sufficient amount of laboratory equipment at border crossing points through which transit takes place. Ukraine has already made a corresponding request to the European Commission." – the Deputy Minister said.
Markiyan Dmytrasevych thanked for the political, humanitarian, military and financial support provided to Ukraine by the EU member states, and called not to stop the supply weapons to Ukraine, as "only support for the territorial integrity of our country is a guarantee of global food security."
Following the meeting of the EU Council Agriculture and Fisheries, Markiyan Dmytrasevych informed about the European delegation`s visit of border checkpoints next week to assess the situation with inspections and further reduce bureaucracy at borders for Ukrainian agricultural exports.