Ukraine exported 3 million tonnes of agricultural products in July, bypassing its seaports, most of which were blocked by Russia, the Ukrainian Club of Agrarian Trade Associations (UCAB) said on Monday.
In a statement posted on Facebook, the association said agricultural exports rose 12% last month from June, while grain exports rose 21% to 1.7 million tonnes.
UCAB said that while exports from the Black Sea ports of Chornomorsk, Odessa and Pivdennyi were made possible thanks to a safe passage agreement between Ukraine and Russia, brokered by Turkey and the United Nations, the rest of its ports remain under a Russian blockade.
“Only in the case of the full functioning of these three seaports and the full loading of the alternative routes can we hope for the volume of exports that was before the start of the Russian invasion,” he said. declared.
Prior to the February 24 invasion, Ukraine exported up to 6 million tonnes of grain each month, UCAB said.
On Monday, in accordance with the provisions of the safe passage agreement, the first ship carrying Ukrainian grain for foreign markets left the port of Odessa.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to a global food and energy crisis, and the United Nations has warned of the risk of multiple famines this year.
Russia and Ukraine together accounted for nearly a third of global wheat exports before the invasion and subsequent sanctions. (Reporting by Aleksandar Vasovic; Editing by David Goodman and Jan Harvey)