Continent’s Developing Countries Could Receive Thousands of Tons of Russian Fertilizer for Free
Russian mineral and potash fertilizer producer Uralchem has decided to supply its products to Africa free of charge, the company’s managing director, Dmitry Konyaev, announced on Monday.
“The situation in the world today is really bad. Africa has been starving and will continue to starve, unfortunately. As a company, we have even decided to provide free fertilizer to Africa, just because that we are part of this global chain when you need to produce food”, Konyaev said during his speech at the Innofood forum in Sochi.
The first batch of 25,000 tons of humanitarian cargo could be transported to the Republic of Togo.
According to the CEO of Uralchem, there are no food safety problems in Russia, since the country is fully supplied with fertilizers and can send a significant amount for export.
Earlier this month, President Vladimir Putin told a Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit meeting that the country was ready to transfer 300,000 tons of Russian fertilizer accumulated in EU ports due to Western sanctions. While Putin welcomed the decision to allow Russian fertilizers into the EU, he criticized Brussels for only allowing bloc member states to buy them.
In late July, Moscow and kyiv signed an agreement unblocking Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea during UN-brokered talks in Istanbul. The deal was also supposed to allow Russia to deliver fertilizers and food products to world markets, which the Kremlin says did not happen.
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