The first-ever shipment of grain to Ireland from Ukraine since Russia invaded Foynes Port, County Limerick, this afternoon, with former Defense Secretary Willie O’Dea saying he hoped it could potentially help pave the way for “Peace” in Ukraine.
he Panama-flagged NAVI STAR left the port of Odessa on August 5 with 33,000 tons of grain to be used by Irish farmers for animal feed as part of the first trade voyages from Ukraine under a UN-backed deal to lift the Russian blockade of the Black Sea should be used.
Two other ships leaving the Ukrainian port of Chornmorsk were bound for Britain and Turkey with 24,000 tons of grain.
The Navi Star’s sailing to Ireland on behalf of Cork-based grain and feed company R&H Hall is seen as a positive milestone for the war-torn global grain supply chain.
Greeting the cargo ship in Foynes, Ukrainian Ambassador to Ireland Larysa Gerasko said she was “happy that Ireland is among the first countries to receive Ukrainian corn by sea as Ireland is a strong supporter of Ukraine and a true friend of Ukraine’s people is”.
Ms Gerasko said Ireland had “taken exceptional steps to provide a safe haven for our nationals fleeing war and this shipment of 33,000 tonnes of maize will take the burden of insecurity from Irish farmers – they have been waiting for that ever since.” Eating her kettle the start of the all-out war that Russia has unleashed against my country”.
The Ukrainian ambassador said Ukraine’s resumption of agricultural exports since August 1 has already “significantly contributed to lowering (world) food prices, by 8.6% in July compared to June and by 14.5% in August.” , and would also “help reduce the negative impact of the war on the Ukrainian economy”.
She argued that Ukraine will “fulfill all of its commitments” under the Black Sea Grains Initiative, but stressed that global food security will only be maintained “if Russia also abides by the terms of the initiative”.
The Ukrainian embassy in Dublin shared claims that Russia had already committed “food terrorism” by “deliberately destroying our agricultural infrastructure and stealing Ukrainian grain and agricultural machinery.”
“Russian troops’ missile attacks damaged and destroyed many farms, food and seed stocks, silos, warehouses and oil depots,” she added.
Former Defense Secretary Willie O’Dea said he was “pleased that the deal to block grain exports from Ukraine is still in effect” and he hoped it could signal the “beginning” of a possible peace deal in Ukraine .
“For months grain stocks have been held up in Ukraine’s ports and they have not been able to come out, and perhaps (this) means that it is possible, the reality of a peace deal,” TD Fianna Fáil said.
“It might be a small hint that it might be possible that in the not too distant future some kind of peace agreement will be worked out because for all sorts of reasons, mainly humanitarian reasons and what’s happening with the unfortunate people out there, and also , what it’s doing to the world economy, which of course hits the poorest hardest, and when you look at the possibility of hunger in different parts of the world, for example Afghanistan and Ethiopia, it has a huge impact,” added Mr O’Dea .
The Limerick TD said Ireland was overly reliant on grain exports and agreed the government should focus on providing more support for a stronger domestic grain sector:
“Absolutely, absolutely, we are too dependent on investment and grain overall, and we should do more for domestic industry and more for farmers to grow grain, because this (war) shows us how fragile the whole thing is – you take like Germany, they got addicted to cheap Russian gas and they didn’t bother to get away from it, and now they’re crawling.”
Philip Lynch, Senior Trader at R&H Hall, thanked the Navi Star’s captain and crew for the voyage to Ireland, “They have made an exceptional effort since originally planning to leave Ukraine in February and we hope that this will be the case.” the first step is to restore some level of security to the global food supply chain in what remains a volatile situation.”
Ms Gerasko said Russia’s war on Ukraine is “at the root of a global food crisis that could have serious political and economic consequences”.
She said the war affected “about 25 percent of global grain trade, caused food inflation and saved access to food” in some countries.
On August 16, the bulk carrier BRAVE COMMANDER left Pivdennyi, Ukraine, with 23,000 tons of wheat and food aid for Ethiopia as part of a UN-led effort to help countries threatened by famine.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/first-grain-shipment-into-ireland-since-the-outbreak-of-war-arrives-into-ireland-41924971.html The first shipment of grain to Ireland since the outbreak of war arrives in Ireland