First grain-laden ship destined for Africa lands at Ukrainian port
(MENAFN) Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the first grain ship intended for Africa has arrived at Pivdennyi port, according to the infrastructure minister of Ukraine.
“The cargo ship Brave Commander arrived at the Pivdennyi Sea Port. Very soon [Ukrainian] grain will be delivered to Ethiopia,” Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov stated through a tweet on Friday.
Wheat destined for Ethiopia is about to be loaded onto the ship that has anchored in the Ukrainian Black Sea port.
It will be the first food delivery to Africa as part of a deal negotiated by the UN and Turkey in late July to release grain imprisoned by Russia's assault on Ukraine and provide aid to millions of people throughout the world.
Ukraine, one of the world's major breadbaskets, had its food stockpiled in silos for months due to conflict there and a Russian blockade of its ports.
This drove-up food prices worldwide and contributed to starvation in areas of Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
Several ships carrying grain have recently departed Ukrainian ports under the terms of the new agreement, although the majority of those cargoes were of animal feed and were sent to Turkey or Western Europe in accordance with earlier agreements.
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