The UAC Head Andrii Dykun discussed the extension of the grain deal and preparations for the spring sowing with the agrarians of Cherkasy region during the Agro Trend Forum.
"Today, one of the key issues for farmers is the sale of products and their prices. The positive thing is that the grain deal is working, despite of Russia's attempts to sabotage it. Russia continues to detain ships carrying Ukrainian grain in the Bosphorus, and farmers incur additional costs. But we understand that without the grain corridor, farmers would not be able to sell their grain at all. In March, the grain agreement is on the verge of extension and will work more intensively. We hope that in the near future we will get a clear sign from the UN and Turkey about its extension, which will affect the sea exports and stabilize agricultural prices, as now they have fallen because there is no clear understanding of what will happen to exports," he said.
Andrii Dykun also spoke about the legislative initiatives that the UAC experts are working on together with the relevant parliamentary committee and the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.
The Head of the UAC noted that this year's sown areas will be reduced, as agricultural producers do not have enough money to carry out the work. In addition, almost 2 million hectares of land are mined and are not suitable for sowing. Nevertheless, farmers in the regions where there were no active hostilities, including Cherkasy region, will try to sow as much as possible. Farmers will also replace crops and plant more marginal oilseeds.
The participants of the event discussed ways to optimize and make agricultural enterprises energy independent, exchanged experience and received important information for the work of agricultural enterprises amid war.Thursday, 23 February 2023