Over 1.5 million tonnes of grain exported under the Black Sea Initiative

02 September 20222 min reading

Since the first ship left Ukraine under the deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey to unblock Ukrainian sea ports on Aug. 1, Ukraine has exported more than 1.5 million tons of agricultural products through the Black Sea, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

“More than 1.5 million tonnes of our food have already been exported by sea from the three ports that became operational thanks to the grain export initiative," Zelensky said in his video address on 31st August. As part of the deal, 62 vessels have departed from Ukrainian ports and exported agricultural products to 18 countries, Ukrinform reported. Ukrainian grain traders union UGA said in a separate statement that corn dominated the overall export volume, accounting for 62%. Wheat accounted for 17% and barley for 6%. Ukraine has also exported rapeseed, sunseed, soybean and other commodities.

Ukraine's grain exports slumped after Russia invaded the country on Feb. 24 and blockaded its Black Sea ports, driving up global food prices and prompting fears of shortages in Africa and the Middle East. Three Black Sea ports were reopened under a deal signed on July 22 by Moscow and Kyiv. Ukraine's Agriculture Minister Mykola Solsky told Reuters that the country's agricultural exports could rise to 6 million-6.5 million tonnes in October, double the volume in July, as its sea ports gradually reopen.