Following developments in Russia and Ukraine, Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis on Monday assured that Cyprus would not face a wheat shortage in the foreseeable future.
Kadis’ comments came in response to the announcement by Russia that it is has pulled out of an agreement to allow Ukraine to export grain, which has been in place for several months.
Speaking on CyBC radio, Kadis said that the ministry had prepared during the summer for any eventuality, ordering and stockpiling a reserve amounting to 37,000 tonnes of wheat.
The investment made to preserve and store this wheat in silos is now proving its worth, Kadis said, adding that it is hoped the reserve will not need to be released at present.
The minister said that prices will inevitably rise because although only a small amount of the island’s wheat imports come from Russia and Ukraine, the price of wheat is subject to the worldwide increase in demand and no interference in the market is possible.