The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry, led by Minister Vladimir Bolea, has announced a temporary ban on the import of grains from Ukraine in order to support Moldovan farmers. According to Bolea, the current situation is leaving Moldovan farmers unable to sell their products at a fair price, which is causing many to go bankrupt.
The decision to impose the ban was taken after the European Union introduced similar restrictions on imports from Ukraine. Bolea emphasized that Moldova has a good relationship with Ukraine and will continue to support the country despite the ban.
The decision on whether to implement the ban will be made either by the government or the National Security Council. The decision is expected to be taken urgently in order to avoid protests from farmers who are on the verge of bankruptcy due to the catastrophic decrease in agricultural prices.
In a statement, the Association of Farmer Forces called for immediate action to compensate farmers for their losses and fulfill promises made to them earlier. The statement also warned of the possibility of protests across the country if the government fails to act.
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Vice Prime Minister Vladimir Bolea held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, Mykola Solski, where the issue of imports and transit of Ukrainian grains into Moldova was discussed. Bolea informed Solski about Moldova’s intention to align with the EU decision to impose temporary restrictions on imports of wheat, corn, rapeseed, and sunflower seeds from Ukraine, with assurance of transit through Moldova.
However, Ukraine is preparing to impose a ban on imports from Moldova in response to the restrictions on Ukrainian agricultural exports. A corresponding decree has already been prepared by the Ukrainian government, according to Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture, Taras Kacika.
The situation is tense, and it remains to be seen how both countries will handle the issue. Farmers in both Moldova and Ukraine are facing difficult times, and the decisions made by the respective governments will have far-reaching consequences.