During the war in Ukraine, Christof Conings (49), a Flemish farmer in Lutsk, a small town in north-western Ukraine, feared that his harvest would fail. The problem isn’t the harvest, it’s getting his grain out of the country.
Before the war began, Conings had bought all the fertilisers and sprays he needed to grow a healthy crop of grain and soy.
“Except for the bombing of the nearby military airport at the beginning of the war, it has been quiet here, life goes on as usual,” he told Het Belang Van Limburg. “Business never really stopped. Farm workers were exempt from conscription so that food production would not be compromised.”
Since Conings began harvesting about two weeks ago, almost 800 tonnes of grain have been collected. The silos bulged, it was a great harvest. The biggest problem now is getting the grain out of the country. I cannot find a single driver willing to drive to Poland.”
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