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05
May
2022

Some 5% of grain stored in country remain in occupied territories, no threat to food security – Deputy Agrarian Minister

KYIV. May 5 (Interfax-Ukraine) – There are about 25 million tonnes of grain and oilseeds harvested last year in the granaries of Ukraine, while in the territories temporarily occupied by the Russian troops, from where the aggressor exports grain, 1.3 million tonnes of crops were stored at the beginning of the war, so nothing threatens the country’s food security, First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Taras Vysotsky said on the air of Ukraine 24 TV channel.

At the same time, he stressed that the theft of agricultural products by Russian occupiers can be equated with the genocide of the inhabitants of the occupied territories of Zaporizhia, Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson regions, since the rest of the crop is taken out from there, which is necessary to provide food for the Ukrainians under occupation.

He also added that about 30% of agricultural land in the country has been occupied by Russian troops, while about 70% is available for agriculture in Ukraine. At the same time, only 35% of its available sown areas are needed to provide food for all 40 million Ukrainians.

"That is, we have at least 70% of the area available in the controlled area. And only half of the area is needed to provide food," the deputy minister assured.

As reported, due to the military aggression of the Russian Federation in Ukraine this season, a reduction in the acreage of high-margin crops (sunflower and corn) is expected while increasing the acreage of crops that are easier to produce, but important in terms of food security – peas, barley and oats.

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal announced on April 20 that Ukraine will sow spring crops on approximately 14.2 million hectares of agricultural land this season, which is 80% of last year’s figure of 16.9 million hectares.

Deputy Head of the Office of the President Rostyslav Shurma in March said the goal of Ukraine in 2022 is to collect at least 70% of last year’s crop.