Turkey is a key player in solving the market difficulties caused by Ukrainian grain imports, therefore Hungary is asking Ankara to help in extending the Black Sea Grains Agreement, to widen the water transport of Ukrainian agricultural products, Agriculture Minister István Nagy said.
In a statement, the ministry said that István Nagy had received Gülsen Karanis Eksioglu, Turkey’s ambassador, at his office. The Minister pointed out that Turkey is an extremely important economic partner and political ally of Hungary, and relations between the two nations should be further deepened.
During the meeting, the Minister recalled that the flow of Ukrainian grain into the European Union had paralyzed the market, caused sales difficulties for farmers, and posed a serious challenge to the agricultural sector. These agricultural products are unable to reach their traditional markets in Africa and the Middle East because of the closure of the sea route due to the war between Russia and Ukraine. Transport has been shifted to the mainland, but the solidarity corridor that was set up is not working as intended, he pointed out.
The situation needs to be resolved as soon as possible, as grain stores are full, the harvest is coming and farmers are stressed by the difficulties in selling,”
The Agriculture Minister stressed that Turkey is playing an important role in the partial opening of Black Sea ports. Hungary would like to see these capacities and the number of ports protected by security guarantees expanded further, and is counting on Ankara’s cooperation in this process. Ukrainian agricultural products must be transported by sea to their traditional markets.
The Minister also pointed out that the agriculture ministers of the countries most concerned by Ukrainian grain imports are in a common position to resolve the situation. Nagy highlighted that he would also discuss their proposals with his Turkish counterpart, the Agriculture Ministry said in the statement.
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