The announcement came during an online meeting between Spain's Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas Puchades, and Ukraine's Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, Mykola Solskyi. The discussion primarily focused on the export of Ukrainian agricultural products and ensuring food security, as well as the continuation of Ukraine's duty-free and quota-free trade arrangement with the European Union.
Minister Puchades affirmed Spain's unwavering support for Ukraine amidst Russia's illegal aggression, highlighting that supporting Ukraine also involves facilitating the export of Ukrainian agricultural goods, crucial for the Ukrainian economy. Following the discussions, Minister Puchades took to social media to reaffirm Spain's backing for the extension of trade measures aiding Ukraine and commended the resilience of Ukrainian farmers in maintaining production despite challenging circumstances.
Minister Solskyi expressed gratitude to his Spanish counterpart for the understanding and support offered. This development comes as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently updated its forecast for Ukrainian wheat production and export for the 2023/2024 marketing year. It's noteworthy that Ukraine harvested over 78 million tons of grain and oil crops in the previous year, including 57.859 million tons of grain and 20.759 million tons of oil crops.