Ukraine can send up to 10 ships with grain to poor countries every month
As part of the Grain from Ukraine initiative, from 1 to 10 vessels can be sent to the poorest countries from Ukraine every month.
Olga Trofymtseva, ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on special assignments, coordinator of the Council of Exporters and Investors, told about this during the briefing “About the Grain from Ukraine initiative in figures and facts: what it is and how it will work” at the Ukraine-Ukrinform Media Center.
“From one to ten ships per month will go through the “grain corridor” in order to support this initiative. We are not talking yet about the super-large scale of grain or that we will be able to feed hundreds of millions of people suffering from food shortages. However, we plan to within the framework of this initiative, we will be able to ease the situation for at least 5-6 million people in African and Middle Eastern countries,” Trofimtseva said.
At the same time, she noted that it is currently impossible to plan specific volumes of food exports that can be sent to the poorest countries, because it is not yet known how many ships will be able to leave Ukrainian ports per month.
“Everything will depend on how successfully this program will work. From 30,000 tons, if it will be one ship, to 300,000 tons, if it will be several ships,” Trofimtseva noted.
As previously reported, on the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor, Ukraine is launching the Grain from Ukraine initiative, within the framework of which about 60 ships with Ukrainian grain are planned to be sent to the poorest countries in Africa by the middle of next year.
The day before, the government agreed to send 125,000 tons of grain to Sudan, Yemen, Kenya, and Nigeria in order to implement the Presidential Decree “On the provision of humanitarian aid to the countries of Africa and Asia.”
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