G7 Summit | Canada wants to stop Ukrainian grain from rotting in ports

(Krun) Canada has pledged $50 million to prevent Ukrainian grain from rotting in Russian-blockaded ports.

Posted at 7:35am
Updated at 6:11 p.m

Laura Osmann
The Canadian Press

The money will go to a G7 fund “to help Ukrainian farmers restart production, feed people and export their crops, and help Ukraine store more grain,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

“Canada has valuable grain storage experience. The knowledge and experience of our farmers will be very useful. We will continue to work with partners to support Ukraine and alleviate the global food crisis,” he wrote on Twitter.

Justin Trudeau also wants to work with the other members of the G7 to adopt measures aimed at curbing the famine caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The effects of the current Russian offensive dominated the discussions on the first day of the G7 summit in Germany.

These issues were high on Canada’s agenda at the Commonwealth meeting and are expected to be on the agenda at the next NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, which opens on Wednesday.

A global grain shortage threatens to plunge large parts of Africa into famine. Trudeau and his G7 colleagues accused the Russians of attacking Ukrainian grain elevators and blockading the country’s main ports.

At their first meeting, leaders turned their attention to the conflict-affected global economy, which has pushed up the prices of essential goods around the world.

Canada pledged to send equipment to help Ukraine store and market its grain crops.


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That aid will include the deployment of mobile silos, Minister of Agriculture and Food Marie-Claude Bibeau explained in an interview she gave to Canada.

Last week, the port of Mykolayiv, where the vegetable oil storage facilities of the Canadian-Dutch company Viterra are located, was attacked by Russian missiles.

“This vegetable oil is intended for human consumption,” said Viterra spokesman Jeff Cockwill. Luckily nobody died, but one of our employees suffered minor burns and required treatment. »

Canada hopes to increase its wheat production by 44% year-on-year, said Mr.me Bibeau. This increase will improve supplies to countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa that rely on Ukrainian grain.

She added that Canadian grain farmers and the federal government are “doing everything they can” to ensure supplies to nations facing potential famine.

Mr Trudeau arrived in Germany on Sunday after spending four days at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. He was greeted at Munich Airport by a German musical welcome group and former Liberal leader and Canadian Ambassador to Germany, Stephan Dion.

Mr. Trudeau then boarded a helicopter which took him to the luxury hotel Schloss Elmau at the foot of the mountains in the Bavarian Alps to meet his G7 colleagues.

He had his first meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who welcomed the G7’s unity in the face of Russian aggression.

The G7 and other countries have joined forces to impose sanctions on Russia since invading Ukraine last February. They have collectively spent billions of dollars sending aid and weapons to Ukraine to defend itself.

In retaliation, Russian President Vladimir Putin has restricted access to his natural gas supply for some European countries, including Germany, Europe’s largest economy.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is also expected to address leaders during the three-day summit.

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