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August. That’s when global food crisis will bite, say Ukraine ...

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August. That’s when global food crisis will bite, say Ukraine farmers

Agribusiness is scrambling to store growing stockpiles as the next harvest season approaches

Megan Durisin and Volodymyr Verbyany

At Oleksandr Peretiatko’s farm in central Ukraine, the harvest is just days away. In normal times the crops would be sent to ports on the Black Sea for export around the world. 

This year Peretiatko’s freshly cut grain will be stuffed instead into huge polymer silo bags snaking across the 5,000 hectares of farmland because there’s nowhere else to put it. 

From a dramatic loss of export revenue to mine-riddled fields and exploding machinery, Russia’s invasion has taken a huge toll on Ukraine’s agriculture sector. Now, with ports closed despite international efforts to reach a deal, harvests are getting under way with silos still loaded with last year’s crops. ..

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