Ukraine: "Risk of having to kill animals on farms"



by LORENZO CIOTTI

Ukraine: "Risk of having to kill animals on farms"

War in Ukraine is involving on several levels, as well as the convergence of agricultural commodities, such as corn and wheat, with Eastern Europe blocking exports. Hungary, for example, will ban grain exports to mitigate national supplies and a price hike.

The problem also affects millions of animals and their survival, because feed production is limited to 20 days. National Association of Zootechnical Food Producers said: "If alternative supply channels are not activated, production will be blocked, with devastating consequences for farms and the need to kill animals in the stables and the collapse of food production in animal origin, such as beef, pork and poultry, milk, butter and cheese, eggs and fish.

Once again, the highly critical situation of Italy due to its massive dependence on foreign countries to satisfy the internal demand for agricultural raw materials . A situation that has worsened over the years, with the constant decline in national production of corn, which collapsed from the self-sufficiency of fifteen years ago to a scarce 50% today.

Urgent measures to manage the emergency, favoring imports of corn to avoid the emergence of a real debacle of national animal husbandry. We need to put in place an immediate plan of incentives to encourage the cultivation of further areas of maize, the sowing of which will start in a few days."

What is happening in Ukraine today

Here are the latest news.

Ukrainian state-owned nuclear company Energoatom will no longer purchase Russian nuclear fuel, the company announced. According to UK intelligence, Russian troops are starting to reposition themselves in view of a new offensive and an attack on Kiev is likely in the coming days.

Loud explosions were heard in Lutsk, in the North West of Ukraine. The mayor of the ancient city near the Polish border, Igor Polishchuk, explained that the target of the Russian attack is an airport. Ukrainian state emergency services in Dnipro reported that three airstrikes hit a nursery and an apartment building this morning, and one person was killed.

Loud explosions were heard this morning in Dnipro, Ukraine's third largest city and an important river port. This was reported by the emergency services of Kiev. Some local media say a missile attack is underway and have reported on three explosions, one of which allegedly hit a two-story shoe factory.

The other two explosions occurred near a nursery and an apartment building, according to reports released by the BBC. In the next few hours, President Joe Biden will announce Russia's revocation of Russia's most favored nation status within the World Trade Organization.

Speaking at the final press conference of the annual session of parliament, Premier Li Keqiang said: "China follows an independent peaceful diplomatic policy. It is important to support Ukraine and Russia to overcome differences: we will work with the international community to avoid further escalation and that the situation gets completely out of control. "