Feedstuffs magazine reports:

U.S. Agency for International Development administrator Samantha Power announced the United States will provide an additional $250 million in aid to Ukrainian agriculture producers. The money will be distributed through AGRI-Ukraine, an initiative started last year to support Ukrainian agriculture exports and combat global food security issues exacerbated by the Russian invasion.

According to Power, there is a collective interest in ensuring Ukrainian farmers stay in business. USAID has already been helping Ukrainian farmers store grain they can’t sell. It has also worked with private sector partners to provide financing, seed and fertilizer. She says the additional investments should help farmers plant new crops even if they have been unable to sell previous harvests.

“These investments are part of a broader set of investments that the United States and our partners are making in order to not only help Ukraine win the war on the battlefields, but at the very time they do that, to also build a more resilient future,” Power says.

Her announcement came one day after Russia pulled out of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which allowed Ukraine to continue exporting its grain by sea despite Russia’s naval blockade. She spoke from the Ukrainian port city of Odesa during a briefing with Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov. Russian forces unleashed aerial attacks on Monday after an explosion temporarily closed the Kerch bridge that connects occupied Crimea with the Russian mainland.

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