For the first month of operation of the so-called “grain corridor,” more than one million tonnes of agricultural products have been exported from Ukrainian ports.
“As part of the implementation of the initiative for the safe transportation of grain and foodstuffs, 44 ships left Ukrainian ports for 26 days of operation of the grain corridor, exporting more than 1 million tonnes of agricultural products to 15 world countries,” the press service of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority reports.
On Friday morning, 26 August, four ships left the port of Chornomorsk loaded with 133,000 tonnes of wheat, corn, and oil bound for the ports of Sudan, India, Egypt, and Turkey.
“For the week of operation of the ‘grain corridor,’ the ports of the Odesa region accepted 13 ships to load 362,000 tonnes of wheat, corn, rapeseed, oil, soybeans, and barley bound for the ports of Spain, Israel, Germany, and Turkey. At the same time, 13 ships carrying 294,000 tonnes of wheat, oil, soybeans, rapeseed, and corn headed to the ports of Libya, the Netherlands, Israel, India, Egypt, Turkey, Germany, and Sudan,” the Authority emphasised.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in his evening address that Ukraine had been and would be among the guarantors of global food security.
“Ukrainian grain and the very fact that the Ukrainian supply route to the world food market has resumed its operation make it possible to prevent chaos in the market, relieve the acuteness of the food crisis, and prevent a catastrophic shortage… The goal is to reach a volume of 3 million tonnes of exports by sea every month. And this is extremely important for Africa, Asia, and Europe,” the Head of State said.
He added that the grain export not only supported the international subjectivity of Ukraine but also provided jobs to the citizens of our state. The “grain corridor” means hundreds of thousands of jobs, income for Ukrainian companies and the state budget, as well as funds for next year’s sowing campaign.