According to the quoted source, deliveries were dominated by corn, with 959,000 tons, while exports of sunflower oil totaled 202,650 tons. In May 2021, Ukraine exported 2.245 million tons of corn and 501,800 tons of sunflower oil.
On Monday, the Ministry of Agriculture announced that so far in the season July-June 2021/2022 Ukraine’s grain exports reached 47.2 million tons, including 148,000 tons in the first five days of June, informs Agerpres.
The total volume includes 18.578 million tons of wheat, 22.4 million tons of corn and 5.7 million tons of barley.
Before the Russian invasion, Ukraine exported up to six million tons of grain per month, but in recent months volumes have dropped to about one million tons.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, 709,600 tons of agricultural products were exported by train, 798,800 tons by Danube ports and 212,089 tons by truck.
On Tuesday, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Taras Vysotsky announced that Ukraine could export up to two million tons of grain a month if Russia refuses to lift the blockade on the country’s Black Sea ports.
Ukraine is currently trying to export its vast grain warehouses by road, rail and river transport to avoid a global food crisis, but these routes are affected by capacity constraints.
Prior to Russia’s February 24 invasion, Ukraine exported up to six million tons of grain a month. After the delivery of grain through the Black Sea ports has been stopped, more than 20 million tons of grain are blocked in the country’s silos.
“I think we have reached the limit. The largest quantity we can export is about two million tonnes a month, “Vishotsky said in a video message to participants at the International Cereals Council (IGC) conference in London.
Even if the port blockade is lifted, Ukraine would need about six months to clear the waters around its Black Sea ports so that supplies cannot be made, the Kyiv official explained. Ukraine is the fourth largest exporter of grain in the world.
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