Ukraine’s farmers must weigh concerns about collapsing prices and export difficulties against the prospect of more Russian missiles hitting their farms
Less than 30 kilometers from Ukraine’s southeastern front line, rural farmers whose businesses have survived Russian missiles now fear another blow that threatens their survival: low prices for their harvest, Reuters reports.
Mykola, a 63-year-old farmer in Dnipropetrovsk region, told Reuters on Tuesday that he had to keep his crops in a missile-damaged storage facility; because he can’t afford to spend money to repair it again in case it was destroyed by another missile. And yet, he is in no rush to sell. “The price for the crops is not acceptable to the farmers. We’ll save them and see what happens.”
The price Ukrainian farmers receive from traders for their produce fell to a painfully low level in July, when Moscow abandoned the UN-brokered deal which allowed agricultural exports from Ukraine to be transported safely. With that route now closed, farmers across Ukraine, one of the world’s largest producers of wheat and sunflowers, face a losing battle to export their produce by land and river, routes that can serve only a fraction of the normal export volume.
The farmers of Velykomykhailivka must weigh concerns about collapsing prices and export difficulties against the prospect of more Russian missiles hitting their farms.
“It took more than 20 years to build. It was destroyed in one day,” 60-year-old Valeriy Krut said mournfully of his business, where a rocket attack last year destroyed 200 tonnes of grain and 14 vehicles.
“That’s the question: throw it all away or try to hang on? We will not make any profit this year with such (damaged) warehouses and crop prices.”
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