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Canada contributes $40 million to cover 2.4 million tonnes of storage

Canada contributes $40 million to cover 2.4 million tonnes of storage

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched a new $40 million Canada-funded project to further address grain storage shortages in Ukraine.

The initiative will allow storage of an additional 2.4 million tonnes of grain between 2022-2023, along with related technical support and equipment, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine reported. This complements the support of $17 million recently provided by the Government of Japan to cover 1 million tonnes of grain storage.

This season, with the harvest of winter crops starting in July and spring crops beginning later in the year, Ukraine is expecting to harvest up to 51.1 million tonnes of cereal. Out of a total storage capacity of 75 million tonnes, 14 percent of storage facilities are damaged or destroyed, 10 percent are located in Russian-occupied territories, and around 30 percent remain filled with 22 million tonnes of last year’s harvest awaiting export, according to the Government of Ukraine.

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