An Eastern European agricultural organisation has issued a plea to farmers and agricultural companies across Europe to help get aid to Ukraine, where Russian troops have stepped up attacks on the farming sector.
Maksym Kryvonis, executive director of the Eastern European Agricultural Alliance (EEAA), which is based in Warsaw but has members across 10 countries in the region including Ukraine, told Farmers Guardian that Russia was now targeting agricultural production to weaken the country’s food security.
“The biggest problem right now is where Russian troops are – some fields have mines, and there are already cases of farmers killed by mines because they cannot identity them,” aid Mr Kryvonis. “But farmers are so brave that they are [continuing to do] their usual activities [sowing their crops].
Whole farming businesses have also been targeted, including a dairy farm in the Chernihiv region where almost all the cattle were killed, added Mr Kryvonis.
“The farm is totally destroyed. Russian soldiers simply shot the cows. It is difficult to analyse why, it’s a question for psychologists. The cows were desperate. This was one case shown in the media but there are a lot of cases of farms destroyed,” he said.
by Farmers Guardian
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