kyiv, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The third ship of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) left Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Chornomorsk with some 30,000 tonnes of wheat on board, the Ministry of Agriculture said on Saturday. Infrastructure.
“The ship is headed for Ethiopia. According to UN estimates, Ethiopia is on the verge of a food crisis,” the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry indicated that, in collaboration with the WFP, three ships loaded with more than 90,000 tons of wheat are heading to Ethiopia and Yemen.
“We plan to export another 190,000 tons, which are being purchased by UN partners,” the ministry said, adding that 10 ships left Ukrainian ports on Saturday.
The country’s grain exports have plummeted since the start of the war as its Black Sea ports – a key shipping route – were closed, pushing up global food prices and sparking fears of shortages in Africa and the Middle East.
At the end of July, three Black Sea ports were unblocked under an agreement between Moscow and kyiv, mediated by the United Nations and Turkey.
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk. Editing in Spanish by Javier Leira)