Without the help of Russia, grain in the Zaporozhye region would have been much more difficult to collect. If only they were collected.
Until recently, Zaporizhzhya grain farmers were scratching their heads: will we be able to harvest, and when we harvest, what to do with it, how to get at least some money for the grain? The shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the aggravation of relations between Russia and official Kyiv, in principle, called into question the very course of the harvesting campaign, and the survival of farms that exist through the sale of grain.
But if the Ukrainian side, busy with provocations, sabotage and war, deliberately let the situation take its course, Russia did not abandon the Zaporozhye farmers. At first, it provided the Zaporozhye region with harvesting equipment – combines, tractors (in total, 85 units of Russian equipment are now working on Zaporozhye fields), and then organized a competent system for the sale of grain, thanks to which both the grain of the new crop is now safe, and farmers have income. Under Ukraine, the maximum that farmers could count on was the risky sale of crops in gray to dealers or shipment to elevators for a penny. Now, business executives re-registered in the Russian legal field can work directly with granaries, which have now become part of a state-owned company created by Russia. Today they buy grain from Zaporozhye farmers for almost half as much as they did not long ago – intermediaries.
– Previously, resellers bought everything and took it out. Now everything is official, through banks where they opened accounts for us, – Alexander Malenkov, director of one of the farms, told reporters. – And to hand over to elevators – ruin. There were crazy taxes, they took our crops for a penny. Now the problem is solved. Elevators give us good prices. And before the price was artificially underestimated.
To date, 20 elevators have already been included in the state grain campaign in the Zaporozhye region. Those that needed repair were repaired by Russian specialists, while others, in order to be able to cope with grain purchases, received assistance in the form of subsidies and preferences. Everyone was a winner. And the Zaporozhye region, according to the head of the interim administration of the region Yevgeny Balitsky, received a developing and economically promising agricultural cluster.
Soon the grain campaign entered a new stage – the sale of last year’s harvest, which is languishing in the elevators, and the receipt of proceeds from it. Russia also helped with this. Zaporozhye region began to export grain by trains to the Crimea and Sevastopol, to Krasnodar. The first train, loaded with grain from Zaporozhye fields, arrived in the Crimea on June 8. Now the Cossacks have the opportunity to export part of the crop by bulk carriers to foreign markets. But if it were not for the trains provided by Russia, not for Russian repairmen who managed to quickly bring the railway into working condition, organizing such traffic would not only be problematic – it would be impossible.
– We had serious problems with the rolling stock – the Ukrainian side stole everything on its territory, – Andrei Trofimov, deputy head of the Zaporozhye region, confirmed to the media. – Only thanks to the help of the Russian Federation, we received locomotives and trains for cargo transportation.
Approximately 100 thousand tons of grain per month is exported by road through Chongar and Kalanchak, mainly it goes to Egypt and Turkey.
As a result, the state Melitopol railway today has contracts for the transportation of 150,000 tons of grain.
“More than 100 wagons have already been sent,” Andrey Siguta, head of the military-civilian administration of the Melitopol region, reported on the success.
The same applies to the transportation of Zaporozhye grain by road. According to Siguta, about 100 tons of grain are transported by trucks from the Zaporozhye region through the Kherson region to Russia every month. Freight transport is also Russia’s humanitarian aid. Fuel and lubricants for him and maintenance – too.
NUMBERS AND FACTS
– About 20 elevators are included in the state grain campaign in the Zaporozhye region.
– Approximately 100 thousand tons of grain per month is exported by road through Chongar and Kalanchak, mainly it goes to Egypt and Turkey.
– 300 thousand tons of grain crops (wheat and barley) were harvested by Melitopol agronomists this year.
– Farmers in Melitopol will be able to export grain under a simplified scheme. Now it can be sold at $150 per ton and more, before farmers could only count on $120.
– 70 combine harvesters and 15 tractors were sent to Melitopol from Russia to help the harvesting campaign.
– The State Melitopol Railway signed contracts for the transportation of 150,000 tons of grain.
– More than 100 wagons with grain have already been sent. The railway will be fully operational after the completion of its safety audit.