Ukraine war: Farm machinery manufacturers pull out of Russia

A number of big-name global farm machinery companies have pulled their operations in Russia, condemning the country for its invasion of Ukraine.

Machinery giant John Deere has suspended all shipments to Russia, as well as its ally, Belarus, for supporting the war.

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In a statement the company said: “John Deere is deeply saddened by the significant escalation of events in Ukraine.

“The safety, welfare, and wellbeing of our employees in the region remain our top priority, and we continue to support and maintain close communication with our affected teams, providing necessary resources when possible.

“Two weeks ago, we suspended shipments of machines to Russia and then subsequently, Belarus. We continue to monitor the situation closely while we fully abide by US and international sanctions.”

Rogue countries

Dutch machinery and equipment manufacturer Lely has also discontinued commercial activities in the two rogue countries.

“Lely condemns Russia’s invasion and is immediately ceasing commercial activities in the region,” said a spokesman.

“This means that we will stop supplying [milking] robots to Russia and Belarus.

“We will continue to supply spare parts and consumables to our existing customers in these countries, considering that otherwise cow welfare and food supply in the region would be compromised.

“But we condemn all forms of violence used by Russia in this crisis.

“We are also taking a critical look at the role and position of our partners with whom we co-operate in this area.”

Suspended operations

Caterpillar has also suspended operations at its plants in Russia due to the challenges of doing business there.

“We are complying with all applicable laws and evolving sanctions, while remaining focused on our employees, dealers and customers,” said a statement.

“Operations in Russia have become increasingly challenging, including supply chain disruptions and sanctions, and we are suspending operations in our Russian manufacturing facilities.”

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