Slovak PM urges EU to send seeds to Ukrainian farmers – EURACTIV.com
Ukrainian farmers are now entering the sowing period and the European Union must help them with seeds to avoid a global food shortage, Prime Minister Eduard Heger (OĽaNO) stressed on Tuesday after meeting with a Ukrainian delegation.
The Ukrainian delegation consisted of two deputies and the mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov. Besides Heger, they also visited President Zuzana Čaputová and the President of the Slovak National Council, Boris Kollár (Sme Rodina).
The delegation reiterated its gratitude to Slovakia, which is currently a crucial transit country for humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
“Everyone who is civilized should behave like Slovakia,” Fedorov said. Heger, however, said Ukraine needed more. Seeds are vital for Ukrainians, so their farmers can plant crops and preserve at least some of the country’s exports.
“We must, in cooperation with other countries, ensure enough seeds for Ukrainian farmers,” Heger stressed.
Another problem is the scope of humanitarian aid. “Some cities are occupied or surrounded, and Russia will not let the aid through. It’s a challenge. We now understand that it’s not just about the volume of aid if it doesn’t reach everyone who needs it,” Heger said.
The Prime Minister spoke of the need to help Ukraine after the war, which, according to him, must be done in two stages. First, Ukraine will need financial assistance. The second part should be a reform team that would help Ukraine quickly fulfill all the necessary criteria for EU membership.