Russia’s grain harvest this year will continue to supply Africa

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an article published on July 24 that Russia’s grain harvest this year is expected to hit a new high, and “will continue to vigorously supply grain, food, fertilizer and other products to Africa.”

The Kremlin website published a signed article by Putin on the same day, titled “Russia and Africa: Working Together for a Peaceful, Progressive and Successful Future.” St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city, is scheduled to host the second Russia-Africa Summit and the Russia-Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum on the 27th.

Putin said in the article that Russia exported 11.5 million tons of grain to Africa last year and nearly 10 million tons in the first half of this year.

Putin said that European countries detained a total of 262,000 tons of Russian fertilizers at European ports on the grounds of implementing European Union sanctions against Russia. Although Russia promised to donate these fertilizers to developing countries free of charge, European countries continue to create obstacles, and only 54,000 tons of fertilizers have arrived in African countries Malawi and Kenya. On the other hand, during the implementation of the Black Sea Port Agricultural Products Export Agreement, Ukraine shipped 32.8 million tons of agricultural products, of which more than 70% were shipped to high-income and upper-middle-income countries, including EU countries, and less than 3% were sent to the poorest countries.

Putin said that the original intention of signing the food agreement was to ensure global food security and help developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. However, during the implementation process, “the beneficiaries are those European and American companies that sell food.” Therefore, the agreement has lost its humanitarian significance.

Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement with Turkey and the United Nations on the export of agricultural products at Black Sea ports in July last year, and the agreement expires on the 17th of this month. The Russian Foreign Ministry said on the 17th that the agreement had been blatantly violated and that it was “meaningless” to continue to implement the agreement, so the agreement would not be extended.

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