Meat & Livestock News

Ukraine’s Agricultural Sector Faces $6 Billion Loss in Machinery Due to Conflict


  • Over 181,000 units of agricultural machinery in Ukraine, worth approximately $5.8 billion, have been destroyed since the onset of the conflict with Russia.
  • Damaged machinery displayed at the Ukraine-Poland border aims to highlight the war’s impact on Ukrainian farming to Polish protesters.
  • The conflict and border blockades have led to significant financial losses for both Ukraine and Poland, with the agricultural sector suffering extensively.

In a poignant display of the devastation wrought by the ongoing conflict, Ukraine has exhibited destroyed agricultural machinery at its border with Poland. This act serves to underscore the severe impact on the nation’s farming community, with over 181,000 units of machinery, including combines, tractors, and other essential equipment, valued at a staggering $5.8 billion (U.S.), lost to the war efforts initiated by Russia two years ago.

The display, situated at the Krakovets-Korczowa checkpoint, is part of a broader initiative to mitigate tensions during protests by Polish farmers and to convey the dire circumstances under which Ukrainian farmers have operated.

Andriy Dykun, head of the Ukrainian Agri Council (UAC), emphasised the tragic stories behind each piece of machinery, often accompanied by human losses, underscoring the high price paid for sustaining agricultural production amidst conflict.

The World Bank’s latest estimates indicate that the Ukrainian agricultural sector’s total losses and damages have escalated to $80 billion over two years of conflict. This figure is compounded by the daily financial strains caused by the blockade of the Ukrainian-Polish border, which has led to significant economic losses for both nations.

The blockade is particularly detrimental to Ukraine’s small and medium-sized farmers, who constitute 65% of the agricultural sector.

The UAC has appealed to Polish farmers to recognize the broader implications of the border blockade, pointing out that Poland’s exports to Ukraine had surged to nearly $10 billion in the first year of the war, with a subsequent $6.6 billion in 2023. The current border situation threatens these gains, with both countries facing millions in losses.

Dykun also addressed the global grain market’s dynamics, highlighting an overproduction issue that has led to a 25% drop in wheat prices since the last harvest, exacerbated by a significant increase in Russian grain exports to Europe.

He warned of the broader geopolitical risks, suggesting that Polish farmers’ concerns over grain prices would pale in comparison to the threat of Russian aggression should Ukraine lose the war.

The UAC’s call for democratic dialogue and unity reflects a desire to overcome the divisive impact of the conflict and to uphold common European values. As the war continues to devastate Ukraine’s agricultural landscape, the display of destroyed machinery at the border stands as a stark reminder of the conflict’s far-reaching consequences on food production and regional stability