About 3.7 million tons of food left Ukrainian ports under grain deal – ministry


Wheat grain is seen on the ship MV Brave Commander from the port of Yuzhny in Ukraine to the drought-stricken Horn of Africa as it docks at Djibouti Port in Djibouti on August 30, 2022. Hugh Rutherford/Food Program Global/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

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KYIV, September 18 (Reuters) – A total of 165 ships carrying 3.7 million tonnes of agricultural products have left Ukraine under a UN-brokered deal with Turkey to unblock Ukrainian seaports, the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure announced on Sunday.

The ministry said 10 ships carrying 169,300 tonnes of agricultural products were due to leave Ukraine’s Black Sea ports on Sunday.

“At 10:00 a.m., 8 ships left the ports of Greater Odessa, and 2 more are waiting for their turn and favorable conditions,” the ministry said in a statement.

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Ukraine’s grain exports fell after Russia invaded the country on February 24 and blocked its Black Sea ports, pushing up global food prices and raising fears of shortages in Africa and the Middle East.

Ukraine, a major world grain producer and exporter, shipped up to 6 million tons of grain per month before the war.

Three Black Sea ports have been reopened under an agreement signed on July 22 by Moscow and Kyiv and the ministry said these ports are capable of loading and sending abroad 100-150 cargo ships a month .

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Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; edited by David Evans

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