Zelensky’s Adviser: Food reserves are enough for one year

As the Russian-Ukrainian conflict enters its fourth week, Kiev has warned of the risks of food and crops being affected globally.

Oleh Astanko, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said on Saturday that food reserves are sufficient for one year.

However, he warned that there may not be enough crops for export if the war prevents agriculture.

Fifth largest exporter of wheat

“Ukraine has enough grain and food reserves for a year, but if the war continues, it won’t be in able to export wheat to the world and there will be problems, “he explained, adding that Ukraine is the fifth largest exporter of wheat in the world.

He also indicated in a televised interview, according to Reuters, that support from the West has offset losses from lost grain exports in hard currency.

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Increase in the price of wheat

These warnings come as the world has begun to experience a rise in the prices of many materials since the outbreak of the conflict prime, in especially the wheat.

On Thursday, the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) warned that the conflict has already caused rising food prices and shortages of basic crops. in many parts of Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

It is noteworthy that the military operation launched by Moscow on February 24, on the territory of the western neighbor, led to a sharp reduction in the number of shipments from the two countries, which account for about 25% of world grain exports, and on 16 % of global corn exports, which consequently led to high prices in world markets.

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