Israeli ports to prioritize cargo ships carrying grain and fodder amid shortage fears

Cargo ships carrying grain and fodder will be given priority for unloading at Israeli ports over the coming month amid fears of shortages during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Transportation Ministry said.

Together, Ukraine and Russia produce around 25% of the world’s wheat. About half of Israel’s supply comes from Ukraine.

Human Rights Watch warned earlier this week that the war in Ukraine “risks aggravating the global food crisis, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.”

Transport Minister Merav Michaeli is asking the Maritime and Ports Authority to prioritize the unloading of ships carrying grain and fodder destined for Israel’s agricultural and food sectors until April 24.

“We are currently facing challenges to our food security due to worrying developments in Ukraine. The State of Israel must protect its food security by strengthening our national agriculture. the fodder on which Israeli agriculture depends will ensure that Israeli food security is maintained despite changes in the world,” Michaeli said in a statement.

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