Kramatorsk (The Times Groupe)- Farmers in Ukraine are looking for an alternative route in order to transport thousands of tons of grain from the Odesa Port.
Ukrainians in the eastern villages remain in the wheat fields despite the risk of attacks during the Russian war in Ukraine.
Agricultural work continues in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions that have been bombarded by Russian aircraft.
Wheat stocks from last year are proving difficult to market, and they are preparing for the new harvest season in 20 days.
Last year, Russia and Ukraine accounted for around 30% of global wheat exports.
Maksim Vorobyov, a 34-year-old farmer from the village of Mykolaipillya, near Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region, has recently been the target of Russian bombardment.
Media reports that they are still working on agricultural products despite the risk of Russian attacks.
He said it was easier to sell their products before the war started on Feb. 24. He added that many large companies visit the region to buy locally grown wheat.
The logistics chain in the region was disintegrated by the war and no longer functioned as regularly as it used to, he added.
“We have to keep the harvests we have. If the war had not started, we would have sold all the harvest in the warehouse in February,” he said.
“In 20 days, new crops will be harvested,” he said. “We have already begun preparing the fields.”. We are preparing for this,” he said.
A few companies have opened new channels to deliver grain to Europe, he said, adding that products can be delivered more easily from Poland, Moldova, and Romania to countries in central Europe.
Several clashes took place 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from their village, he recalled: “Of course, there are great risks. Some families left the region. But most farmers chose to protect their fields and harvests.”
Despite Moscow’s war on Kyiv, Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is prepared to allow unhindered grain exports, including exports of Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports. However, sanctions have been imposed on Russia because of the war.