(CIANEWS) - The Czech Republic is calling on the EU to use the agricultural crisis reserve, which would allow Member States to support the sectors most affected by the current war situation. Agriculture Minister Zdeněk Nekula (KDU-ČSL) made the announcement after a meeting of the EU Agriculture Council, adding that the Czech Republic would provide CZK 831m in 2022 to the most affected sectors. He added that it is necessary to continue to strive for smooth exports from Ukraine for food security. The ministers also agreed that countries should do more to combat the decline of pollinators. They also discussed developments in international trade, in particular free trade agreements e.g. with Mercosur countries. Also on the agenda were nature restoration, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and the protection and restoration of marine ecosystems.