Next year's harvest in Ukraine could be slashed by 40%, says agriculture official

10 June, 12:22 PM
Ukraine has lost 25% of arable land (Photo:deneen/pexels)

Ukraine has lost 25% of arable land (Photo:deneen/pexels)

Next year's harvest in Ukraine could be cut by up to 40% due to the ongoing Russian invasion, Ukraine's Agrarian Policy and Food Deputy Minister Taras Vysotskyi told U.S. cable news channel CNN on June 9.

"We anticipate that the harvest will be around 35% less than previous years, which means around 30 million tons less, 35-40% less – almost half of the previous year’s harvest," Vysotskyi said.

The deputy minister also said that an estimated 500,000 metric tons of grain have been stolen by Russia in territories controlled by Russian forces.

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Earlier Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy Mykola Solsky said that the shortage of Ukrainian grain on the world market, caused by Russia's blockade of Ukrainian seaports, would lead to a global food panic. World food price growth could reach 20-30%.

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