Ukraine’s President Offers To Expand The Grain Initiative To Ports Of Mykolaiv And Olvia
Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s President, has offered to expand the grain corridor to the ports of Mykolaiv and Olvia in Ukraine’s Mykolaiv region.
Zelensky made the statement in a speech he delivered at the G20 Summit, per an Ukrinform correspondent.
He was thankful for the strong participation of the UN, Türkiye, and other partners. He added that all had demonstrated how some cooperation could restore food security for the larger community.
He added that he believes the export grain initiative deserves an extension – irrespective of when the war ends. Access to food is a fundamental right of every individual in the world.
Since July 2022, Ukraine has reportedly exported over 10 million tons of food via the sea. Ukraine can expand food exports monthly by several million tons. To execute this, he proposes to amplify the grain export mission to other ports – specifically, to those of Olvia and Mykolaiv in the Mykolaiv area, Ukraine’s President mentioned.
Zelensky also urged the Summit participants to come forward and be part of the ‘Grain from Ukraine’ initiative launched by the Ukrainian side.
Nord Vind is the first vessel that’s setting sail for Ethiopia, loaded with about 27,000 tons of wheat produced exclusively in Ukraine. The amount can feed almost 100,000 people in a year.
There can be several similar vessels from Ukraine; hence, there will be a significant number of people in developing nations who are saved from starvation.
Ukraine can export 45 million tons of food in 2022. And Zelensky added that Ukraine could allow a significant part of it to be directed to those suffering the most.
According to him, each nation can join to contribute and be a co-creator of the victory over the ongoing food and hunger crisis.
References: Ukrinform, Ukraine Business News, Ukr Agro Consult