Canada helps Ukraine export wheat again to fight global food disruption

Tribunnews journalist, Nur Febriana Trinugraheni

TRIBUNNEWS.COM, OTTAWA – Prime Minister Canada Justin Trudeau says, Canada will help Ukraine be able to re-export grain to help deal with the disruption to global food security caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

UN food official says nearly 25 million tonnes of grain cannot be shipped overseas Ukrainedue to infrastructure problems and the Black Sea ports, including Mariupol, were closed.

Mariupol, the city located in the south Ukrainesuffered damage from attacks by Russian troops.

Quoted from, following the Russian invasion of Ukraineglobal food prices soared to record highs in March.

Ukraine was the world’s fourth largest corn exporter in the 2020/2021 season and the world’s sixth largest wheat exporter.

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In an interview, Trudeau said that to avoid a food crisis, it was necessary to ensure that Russia would not prevent grain shipments from Ukraine.

“We know that people around the world are going to starve because of Russia’s actions. There is grain waiting to be shipped to Ukraine. We have to make sure that Russia does not prevent the grain that the world needs from entering the world. said Trudeau.

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Since the start of the Russian invasion, Ukraine has been forced to export grain by rail across its western border. In addition, Ukraine is also looking for ways to use the ports of the Danube, located in the south of the country.

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Trudeau added that shipping through Danube ports could be part of the export solution Ukraine. He also said a number of options were being considered to address the export issue. Ukraine.

“We’re just looking to solve a very direct problem,” he said.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Canada Mélanie Joly said on Monday (05/09/2022) that cooperation with Turkey could be a way to get wheat out of the country. Ukraine.

“We will work to ensure there are different routes that can be used. We will work with different countries, including Turkey, because we know that the Bosphorus is the base for access to the Black Sea,” he said.

Following his meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday, Trudeau said: Canada will provide $25 million to the United Nations World Food Program as part of efforts to strengthen global food security. Canada will also remove customs duties on all imports Ukraine at Canada for the next year.

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