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Japan to aid Ukraine in restoring agriculture

by Martin Fornusek October 5, 2023 3:58 PM 1 min read
In an aerial view, farmers use combine harvesters to harvest a wheat field near the city of Bila Tserkva on August 4, 2023 in Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine. (Photo credit: Ed Ram/Getty Images)
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Japan and Ukraine agreed to establish a joint working group that will develop a strategy for the restoration of Ukraine's agriculture, the Agriculture Ministry said on Oct. 5.

The announcement comes after a meeting between Markiian Dmytrasevych, Ukraine's deputy agriculture minister, and Mizuno Masayoshi, the director-general of the Export and International Affairs Bureau of Japan's Agriculture Ministry.

The chief task of the working group will be to utilize Japan's experience, technology, and assets in restoring Ukraine's agricultural sector.

The two countries also aim to promote the participation of Japanese companies in Ukraine's recovery and reconstruction.

The first meeting of the working group is scheduled for late October.

According to a report by the Kyiv School of Economics published in April, the damages to Ukraine's agricultural sector and land resources have cost $8.7 billion since the beginning of the full-scale invasion.

Following Moscow's termination of the Black Sea grain deal, Russian forces have escalated their attacks on Ukraine's ports and agricultural infrastructure in an effort to hamper the country's grain exports.

Ukrainian farmers sow 3 million hectares of winter crops but exports drop
By the start of October, farmers had sown 2.992 million hectares, including 1.7 million hectares of winter wheat, the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement on its website.
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