Moldovan farmers demand a ban on the import of Ukrainian sunflower seeds
In Moldova, agrarians are again protesting over Ukrainian agricultural products. This time, farmers are demanding a ban on the import of sunflower seeds.
Agrarians in Moldova are asking the government to ban the import of cheap sunflowers from Ukraine. Such demands are explained by the drop in the price of agricultural crops within the country, reports “European Truth”.
The decrease in the price of Moldovan sunflower is connected with a large harvest in the country. Despite this, the company Transoil, which is engaged in processing sunflowers and exporting grains, intends to bring a large batch of sunflowers from Ukraine to Moldova, explained the Moldovan agronomists’ association “Syla Farmers”.
The association noted that about 700,000 tons of sunflower seeds will be harvested in Moldova this year, and “if the authorities do not take measures, this may lead to the bankruptcy of farmers.”
At the same time, the Ministry of Agriculture explained that they recognize the difficult situation of Moldovan farmers, but denied the farmers’ statements about “excessive imports from Ukraine.”
“We monitor the situation and do not want them to go bankrupt. But the situation is what it is. And banning imports that don’t exist is stupid,” said State Secretary of the Ministry Vasiliy Sharban.
Previously, USM wrote that since the beginning of 2023, the export of sunflower seeds from Ukraine has decreased by 58%.