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Ukraine farmers start spring cropping

Ukrainian farmers are ploughing ahead with spring cropping despite the war raging across the country.

Farmers in the southern port city of Kherson, which has been under the control Russian troops for three weeks, have taken to the streets in a tractor convoy in a courageous show of defiance against Russian occupiers.

As mentioned on the Farming Social Hub radio show, Ukraine is the fourth biggest producer of all grain and the second largest wheat producer, so it is vital for the future agricultural economy of Ukraine that farming continues.

Across the country farmers are in a race against time to drill as much of their spring crops as possible, and they have refused to let the occupying Russian forces disrupt their plans. If they are prevented from sowing their crops in the next six weeks, they say it could have a devastating impact on global grain supplies.

Last week, Kees Huzinga, a Dutch farmer who has been farming in Ukraine for the past 20 years, warned that Russian president Vladimir Putin’s decision to bomb the country risked devastating “the breadbasket of Europe” because farmers were unable to go into fields to plant their crops.

In a video which has gone viral on social media, farmers in the Chulakivka district honk their horns as they set off to work in tractors and sprayers, which proudly display blue and yellow Ukrainian flags. The video was uploaded to Twitter by the English-language Kyiv Post and has been viewed more than 100,000 times.