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The unrest in Syria has had a terrible toll on people's lives there. In addition to the killing, maiming and destruction, food production dropped dramatically leaving many hungry, supplies of fuel were severely limited often leaving people without electricity and especially without heating in the winter, and the economy suffered greatly leaving many without incomes.

When the upheaval in Ukraine began my first thoughts were that I hoped the same wouldn't happen there. In Ukraine the winters are long and very cold and the effects of disruptions in agricultural production and fuel supplies could potentially be magnified by this.

Yesterday I read reports about Turkish export statistics for this year and saw that exports of vegetables from Turkey to Ukraine increased in the first four months of this year (compared to the same period last year) by 52% to 33,178 tons.

This is a significant increase and makes me wonder if it is an indication that agricultural production has dropped in Ukraine.

There may, of course, be other reasons for this increase, and I hope this is not an indication that agricultural production is dropping in Ukraine.

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