The agricultural policy and food minister of Ukraine Mykola Prysyazhniuk urged the farmers not to sell grain at low prices for cash, he told a briefing in the Cabinet of Ministers, ForUm correspondent reports.

"It concerns us that there are cases where the grain is sold for cash and at a low price, despite the forecasts that the cost of grain this year will be higher than it was in the past. We want to attract attention of grain producers, especially farmers, for them to stick to a decent price for their crops," the minister said.

He also admitted that in some regions, the local authorities exert pressure on farmers, forcing them to sell grain within their areas at low prices.

"The government has not initiated any restrictions regarding the movement of grain within the country or for export. Such events occur in some regions, probably they are occasioned by the fact that each region cares about price stability. But I want to note that as of today the Agrarian Fund has accumulated two million tons of grain. In addition, more than 80% of already harvested grain refers to the food group," Prysiazhniuk said.

According to him, the weekly conference calls of the Ministry draw attention of the regional authorities to ensure their non-interference with free trade of agricultural products.


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