Six African countries received 200.000 tons of grain from Russia for free

Illustration: Wheat / Photo: Ashraf Amra / Zuma Press / Profimedia

Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev said Moscow had sent 200.000 tons of grain to six African countries for free, as promised by President Vladimir Putin in June.

Russia gave 50.000 tons each to the Central African Republic and Somalia, and 25.000 tons each to Mali, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe and Eritrea, Patrushev specified at the meeting with Putin.

The Russian leader pledged the grain at a meeting with African leaders in June after Russia pulled out of a deal that allowed Ukraine to export grain from Black Sea ports. The deal, known as the Black Sea Grain Initiative, has sent prices down on the global market, but Putin claims the countries that need it most are not getting the grain.

Patrushev added that Russia in the 2023/2024 season. plans to export up to 70 million tons of grain. Last year, 66 million tons worth almost 16,5 billion dollars were exported, he added.

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