According to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy expects this year's harvest to exceed 79m tonnes. Thus, about 25% of the harvested grain is enough for Ukraine's domestic needs, and the rest can be exported, says the official website of the Cabinet of Ministers.
"Ukraine should build bridges, not walls. This primarily concerns Ukrainian agricultural exports. We need wide transit routes for food exports. This is important for the sustainability of our economy. This is important for the world because it is global food security," Shmyhal said.
According to him, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy forecasts this year's harvest at over 79 million tonnes, which is 10% more than last year. This will preserve Ukraine's strategic importance as a guarantor of global food security.
"About 25% of the harvested grain is enough for our domestic needs, and the rest needs to be exported. This is because it is resources for farmers, foreign exchange earnings for the state, and food for starving countries," he said.
In this regard, the Cabinet of Ministers hopes that the mechanism of verification and control of Ukrainian agricultural exports proposed by Ukraine will be effective. It also hopes for transit routes of solidarity in the EU, expanding the capacity of the Danube ports and new grain corridors.
Ukraine has introduced licensing for grain exports to five Eastern European countries. Grain exports to the five countries will only take place after their consent.