War in Ukraine: Canada sends seeds to help struggling farmers



Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canada is sending seeds to Ukraine, including buckwheat, a fast-growing crop.

The minister says Ukraine has asked Canada, also a major grain producer, to send seeds and mobile silos to store its grain.

Buckwheat, used to make soba noodles, has a shorter growing season than wheat, making it easier to grow for beleaguered Ukrainian farmers.

Ukrainian farmers have seen their fields mined by Russian troops and their storage silos destroyed, and many agricultural workers are fighting against the Russians.

The Russians have also blockaded Ukraine’s ports, preventing it from exporting its grain and sunflower oil, leading to food shortages in the developing world.

The minister says Canadian farmers are stepping in to help ease shortages and are on track to produce 44% more wheat than last season, which was hit by drought.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 27, 2022.

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