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Ukraine Farmers Urged to Sow But Fear for Workers’ Lives

  • Zelenskiy makes appeal to growers as food supply threatened
  • UN says 30% of fields for corn, sunflowers may not be planted
Tractor Sowing Seed In A Field
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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is urging farmers to sow as many fields as possible to protect the food supply. But several of the nation’s largest agribusinesses say some plantings just won’t happen if Russia continues its war in Europe’s breadbasket.

The country should organize a full-fledged sowing campaign in all of its territory “to the extent that’s possible,” Zelenskiy said in a video released Friday. “All depends on people and the situation, because this is about life.” His nation is the world’s second-biggest shipper of grains and biggest exporter of sunflower oil.