Ukraine suspends food exports; EU is working on an agricultural action package

Ukraine has imposed restrictions on the export of cereals. The ban will remain in effect for the rest of this year. Ukraine is one of the largest grain exporters in the world. 

According to recent estimates, Ukrainian grain production is only 40 to 50 percent due to the Russian invasion; the harvest cannot be gathered, and the grain cannot be processed. For the time being, Ukrainian dairy farmers are particularly hard hit because transport and transport are virtually impossible.

Some parts of Ukraine currently under fire by Russian forces play a vital role in the country's wheat production and export. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), most wheat crops in Ukraine are concentrated in the Southeast. Blocking access to the ports on the Black Sea could seriously disrupt exports.

Previously, Hungary also decided to partially stop exports to prevent price increases. Serbia will also cut exports of wheat, maize, flour and cooking oil from tomorrow to fend off price hikes caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, President Aleksandar Vucic said. Previously, Hungary also decided to partially stop exports to prevent price increases.

Farmers elsewhere in Europe would have to plow up all their fallow lands and grow more grain as the crisis in Ukraine deepens. Politicians in Brussels are concerned about the growing impact of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine on food supplies and prices.

EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski held an initial meeting in Brussels with the new 'expert group', which was convened partly on the advice of the 27 LNV ministers. While nothing has been officially announced yet, this group will prepare an 'agricultural action package' to be discussed by EU politicians and ministers later this month. 

A Polish agricultural site reports that the EU crisis reserve of 497 million euros will be opened to affected farmers, and that there will be a temporary buy-out scheme in the piglet industry. These two measures are mainly aimed at pig and poultry farmers who are most affected by the price increase of fertilizers and the disruption of the feed supply.