The Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Markiyan Dmytrasevich, on the air of the UArazem national marathon, explained why Ukraine is taking an unprecedented step, taking responsibility for the food supply of others in the conditions of war and blockade of ports. He also explained what exactly the content of the Grain from Ukraine initiative is.

'The Grain from Ukraine program provides for the supply of Ukrainian grain – wheat and corn – to countries in Asia and Africa that need it the most: those that are on the brink of famine, or that have already faced it,' said Mr Dmytrasevich.

According to him, about 30 countries and international organisations have already confirmed their participation in this initiative.

'We have always been the guarantor of global food security, it's just that other countries have not always understood the importance of Ukraine in these processes. And even now, in the conditions of war and an extremely difficult situation, we conscientiously fulfill our mission and international obligations. This once again shows our spirit, strength and our weight in the food security of the world. Despite all the difficulties, we can afford it,' the Deputy Minister emphasised.

According to him, Ukraine has taken over the costs of the first few ships, which involves the purchase of Ukrainian grain itself, as well as the chartering of several ships. In the future, this work will be coordinated together with the partner states that have agreed to participate in the Grain from Ukraine program. Such participation involves several possible directions: the purchase of grain, its transportation to destination countries, its further distribution or payment for grinding wheat into flour for those countries that cannot provide it themselves.

In the plans to ship from one to 10 vessels every month – everything will depend on logistical and financial possibilities, summed up Mr Dmytrasevich.

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