Markets other than Ukraine could supply agricultural imports to Italy

Germany and France could supply cereals

March 17, 2022

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Italian imports of some agricultural products from Ukraine are limited enough to be compensated by a shift to other markets due to shortages, the agriculture minister said on Wednesday.

International food and feed prices could soar by up to 20% as a result of the conflict, the UN food agency said last week, as uncertainty hangs over Ukraine’s ability to harvest harvests if the war continued and the prospects for Russian exports in the coming year. , reported Reuters.

During a parliamentary hearing, Minister Stefano Patuanelli said that Ukraine supplies 3% of soft wheat imports and 13% of corn to Italy.

“These are values ​​(of imports from Ukraine and Russia) which make it possible to envisage other markets in the future, Germany and France in the first place for the cereal sector, or the United States and the Canada for fertilizers,” he added.

Patuanelli said last week that the European Union – of which Ukraine is a major supplier of maize to the livestock sector – should delay implementing policies that are holding back agricultural production and suspend rules state aid for the agri-food industry in view of the supply crisis.

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