KYIV, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Ukraine has exported almost 18.1
million tonnes of grain so far in the 2022/23 season, down 29.6%
from the 25.8 million tonnes exported by the same stage of the
previous season, agriculture ministry data showed on Friday.
The volume included more than 6.9 million tonnes of wheat,
9.7 million tonnes of corn and about 1.5 million tonnes of
After an almost six-month blockade caused by the Russian
invasion, three Ukrainian Black Sea ports were unblocked at the
end of July under a deal between Moscow and Kyiv brokered by the
United Nations and Turkey.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, speaking in a video address,
said the deal had allowed Ukraine to export almost 13 million
tonnes of agricultural products.
The government has said that Ukraine could harvest about
51 million tonnes of grain this year, down from a record 86
million tonnes in 2021, because of the loss of land to Russian
forces and lower yields.
Last Saturday, Ukraine and allied nations launched a plan to
export $150 million worth of grain to countries most vulnerable
to famine and drought.
Zelenskiy said the first ship had already left for
Ethiopia with a cargo of wheat and would be followed by a second
vessel. A third will be loaded with wheat, destined for Somalia.
By early next year, a total of around 60 ships will have
taken part in the initiative, he added.
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk and David Ljunggren
Editing by David Goodman and Marguerita Choy)