MOSCOW: According to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, a worldwide food crisis could start as early as next year if Russian agricultural and fertiliser products cannot “unimpededly” access international markets.
He stated from the Joint Coordination Center that it was crucial for both governments and the business sector to work together to bring them to market (JCC).
The JCC is in charge of implementing the July grain export agreement between Ukraine and Russia, which was backed by the UN and Turkey.
The accord also grants Russia the freedom to export its fertilisers and agricultural goods in defiance of Western sanctions.”What we see in Istanbul and Odessa is really a portion of the solution that is more readily apparent. The third component of this package deal is Russian food and fertilizer’s unhindered access to international markets, which are not subject to sanctions, Guterres said, adding that shipments of Russian fertiliser and agricultural products nevertheless encountered “obstacles.”
“There might not be enough food in 2023 if there is no fertiliser in 2022. To further stabilise the commodities markets and bring down consumer costs, it is imperative to export more food and fertiliser from Russia and Ukraine, the official said.With 23,000 tonnes of wheat, the Brave Commander departed the Ukrainian port of Pivdenny on Tuesday before bridging the Bosphorus on Wednesday night.
The UN head vowed on Thursday to try to “boost up” grain exports from Ukraine before the start of winter, which are essential for food supply in several African nations.
Since August 1, 650,000 tonnes of grain and agricultural products from Ukraine have departed the ports of Odessa, Chornomorsk, and Pivdenny in accordance with the deal agreed in July.