The Ukrainian government has expressed its readiness to establish grain hubs in Nigeria and other African countries to boost bilateral ties.
Already, Nigeria has signed the “Grains from Ukraine” project, which would see Nigeria receiving grain imports from the Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, Mykola Solskyi, recently led a delegation to the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammad Abubakar, in Abuja.
The basis for the decision is to establish a trade-partnership with Nigeria by initiating a grain hub in all of Africa with Nigeria serving as its launching pad.
“Development of such hubs will make it possible to bring in high-quality grains into your country and it will influence prices in your country positively. Ukraine intends to develop two or three hubs in Africa and taking into consideration the capacity of your country, the grain hub in your country is priority number one. If we implement it well it would be a practical step towards businesses reaching a new level.
“Despite the war with Russia, the Ukrainian food industry wants to have closer relations with Nigeria and we are very thankful to you that your country is ready to develop these relations. Despite all the events going on in the world, our countries are ready to develop this cooperation. The Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian president are ready to pay a lot of attention to this development. We want to have regular contacts every year not only by our agriculture ministers, but other ministers as well”, the minister stated.