Poland’s Minister of Agriculture, Robert Telus, has expressed his views on grain exports from Ukraine, shedding light on the collaborative efforts of neighboring countries reliant on EU subsidies to facilitate the transportation of Ukrainian grain to ports. The primary objective of this subsidy-driven approach is to enable Ukrainian grain to reach its pre-war destinations in Africa and Asia. Minister Telus shared these insights during an interview on Polish Radio.
Telus highlighted the collective support of a coalition of five countries for the proposal put forth by the European Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski. This proposal advocates EU subsidies for grain transportation, effectively making it a profitable venture. Telus stressed that Ukraine and the business sector are eager to streamline the export of grain across the Polish-Ukrainian border to reestablish their previous trade routes.
The Polish Minister of Agriculture expressed his intention to engage in discussions with his Ukrainian counterpart, Mykola Solsky, to address this shared concern.
“We agreed to meet… I told Minister Solsky that we need to create mechanisms together that will ensure that grain and other products go where they should go, that is, where they went before the war in Ukraine,” Telus stated.
Telus underscored the benefits of the “corridor of solidarity” for Ukraine, citing significant increases in agricultural product transit through Poland. In February, the transit volume amounted to 114,000 tons, which surged to over 260,000 tons by June.
He further elaborated on the impact of the solidarity corridors on grain exports. Prior to the introduction of these corridors, Ukraine averaged 2.9 million tons of grain exported via land routes through all five countries. After the introduction of export restrictions and transit permits, this figure increased to 3.4 million tons.
It is worth noting that on September 15, the European Commission decided against extending restrictions on the import of agricultural products from Ukraine into the territory of five EU states. However, three countries, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary, declared their unilateral intention to continue banning the import of certain food products from Ukraine.