Kubrakov spoke about this at the 6th German-Ukrainian Economic Forum, reports Ukrinform.
“The number one condition for the recovery of the economy is the ability to export through the deep-sea ports of the Black Sea. From the moment when Russia left the grain agreement, we started working on a new alternative corridor. We already have the first results – almost 1.5 million metric tons were exported,” the minister said
He noted that from August 2022 to July 2023, 32.9 million tons of agricultural products were delivered to the countries of Africa, Asia and Europe. Kubrakov also said that the Danube currently plays an important role for exports.
“The Danube performs a very important function. When the ports of Great Odesa were not working, he took over almost 50% of all export and import volumes. This is our big alternative route,” the minister said.
According to him, about 85% of the Dnipro locks are in critical condition, so the need for capital investments for modernization is 165 million dollars.
What is known about the operation of the grain corridor
On July 17, Russia announced the termination of the grain agreement. In response to this, Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that it is necessary to continue using the grain corridor even despite Russia’s withdrawal from the agreement.
Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, said on August 4 that Ukraine will send ships with its own grain wherever it deems necessary, and will not ask anyone for permission to do so.
On August 10, the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces announced a temporary humanitarian corridor for merchant ships going to and from the ports of Ukraine. On August 12, Ukraine opened the registration of merchant ships and their owners, which are ready to take temporary routes to Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea.
On August 16, the first ship left the Odesa port after Russia announced the termination of the grain agreement.
As of the beginning of October, all three Black Sea ports of Ukraine, Odesa, Pivdenniy and Chornomorsk, despite Russian threats, resumed accepting ships for grain export.