Source: AUN News
He referred to the Istanbul-based apparatus that tracks ship movements to assure their adherence to the Initiative as the “joint coordination centre,” or JCC, whose collaborative efforts and diligent work made this “amazing achievement” possible.
The signatories of the historic agreement—Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, and the UN—are represented at the JCC.
A crucial undertaking
Numerous excursions over the Black Sea have already been made possible since the Center’s operations began on August 1.
Teams carried out the 100th inspection of authorised cargo vessels on Saturday. When he visited the area last week, UN Secretary-General António Guterres oversaw the departure of two ships involved in the operation.
“The significance of this Initiative is evident given the global food crisis and rising costs. As more of Ukraine’s agricultural products now travels by sea to markets, confidence in the food and shipping industries has grown, lowering prices and lowering risk, according to Mr Abdulla.
He remembered that the World Food Programme (WFP) had been permitted to resume buying Ukrainian wheat for its humanitarian operations in nations like Ethiopia and Yemen, even though the agreement only covers commercial operations for the continued exports.
He emphasised that while they were all significant beginning steps, much more work needed to be done. Intense pressure is being put on farmers and consumers worldwide by high fuel and fertiliser prices, climate change, and conflict, pushing millions more into poverty and famine.
Silos remain full
The Black Sea Grain Initiative has freed up some room in Ukrainian silos that were previously filled with millions of tonnes of produce from past harvests. He said that significantly more grain must be exported to accommodate the new yield.
The export of fertiliser, including ammonia, under this Initiative, is “equally necessary and urgent,” according to Mr Abdulla, “so that farmers worldwide can continue food production for the following year at an affordable cost.”
According to him, a million tonnes carried thus far are merely the beginning.
“Nothing can support food and fertiliser in the globe today. Every shipment passing through this route stabilises markets, increases food supply, and maintains agricultural output.
Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network