Ukraine exports almost 6.5 million tonnes of wheat since the beginning of marketing year
Actual grain export volumes made up 19.86 million tonnes since the beginning of 2012/2013 marketing year. In particular, 6.47 million tonnes of wheat was shipped to foreign markets, 11 million tonnes of corn and over 2 million tonnes of barley.
05.04.2013 Source: Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry / Ukrinform
Crop yield in Ukraine may exceed previous year's yield by 8-10 million tonnes
The crop yield in the current year, despite the weather abnormalities at the end of March, may be 54-56 million tonnes, which is 8-10 million up against 2012. This forecast was made public by Director General of the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation (UAC) Serhiy Stoyanov at a press conference in Kyiv. Last year, the crop yield made up 46.2 million tonnes against 56.7 million tonnes in 2011.
03.04.2013 Source: UAC / Ukrinform
Ukraine's export potential requires intensive development of grain market infrastructure
Grain harvest in Ukraine in 2015 may reach 60 million tonnes, and the harvest of oil-bearing crops 14 million tonnes, which will significantly increase the export potential of the agricultural sector. At the same time, infrastructure support for the bread market is becoming vital, APK-Inform experts say. "Exports of bulk agricultural products (including grain and oilseed processing products) from Ukraine in 2015 may reach 41.4 million tonnes. However, to ensure effective transportation of these volumes, certified grain storage capacities are required for a total of 45.5 million tonnes, as well as 8.1 thousand specialized road carriers with a capacity of more than 30 tonnes, 11.9 thousand rail carriers, and the possibility of carriage of about 5.6 million tonnes of bulk cargos by rivers to sea ports," experts say.
02.04.2013 Source: APK-Inform
Kazakhstan interested in Ukrainian agricultural technologies
Kazakhstan is interested in taking over Ukrainian agroindustrial technologies. This was stated by First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakitzhan Sagintayev during a meeting in Kyiv on Tuesday with Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov. He added that Kazakhstan is set to employ Ukrainian technologies for growing soy, poultry farming, agricultural machinery building, etc.
02.04.2013 Source: Ukrinform
Ukraine's agricultural exports in 2012 reached almost USD 18 billion
Ukraine last year delivered to foreign markets livestock products, crops, fats and oils of animal or vegetable origin, as well as ready-made food worth USD 17.9 billion, while imports of goods amounted to USD 7.4 billion. Exports of agricultural products in the first two months of 2013 rose compared to January-February 2012 by 26.3%, up to USD 3 billion, and imports - 31.5%, USD 1.4 billion.
Major importers of Ukrainian agricultural products were the Russian Federation, India and Spain.
28.03.2013 Source: State Statistics Office of Ukraine
Grain logistics modernization planned for 2013-2014
A meeting of the Public Council under the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food considered the basic measures provided in the programme aimed at intensifying the development of the economy in 2013-2014 and is directly related to the agricultural sector. In particular, it is about modernization of grain logistics and Ukraine's place in the world grain market, the ministry said in a statement. "To ensure the positive pace in 2013-2014 it is planned to implement large-scale investment projects in livestock, improve the mechanisms of state support to purchase modern domestic agricultural machinery, and increase the area of perennial crops, create raw material zones for the development of production of safe and quality food," said Serhiy Petrenko, Deputy Director of the Department of Economic Development of the Agrarian Market.
Special attention will be paid to the renewal and modernization of the irrigation system in the south of Ukraine, development of agricultural market infrastructure, creating a base of the Agrarian Fund of PJSC "Agrofinfond", construction and reconstruction of bakeries and the reopening of distilleries.
21.03.2013 Source: Ukrinform
Foreign investors interested in Ukrainian farm machinery
The Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine continues to contribute towards the implementation of joint investment projects with the world's leading manufacturers of agricultural equipment. "Thus, last week the manufacturing facilities of SE PA Makarov Southern Machine-Building Plant were inspected. In particular, attention was paid to the production of standard series of 70-90 hp, 100-130 hp and 190 hp tractors," the agriculture ministry reported. As noted, a working group examined the issues of implementing investment projects for the production of modern tractors in cooperation with the leading international manufacturers.
18.03.2013 Source: Ukrinform
Ukraine world's leader by sunflower oil exports
From the beginning of 2012/2013 marketing year, Ukraine exported sunflower oil for USD 2 billion, having supplied to foreign markets more than 1.7 million tonnes, which is 26% more than in the same period of the previous MY. "In the current marketing year, Ukraine ranks the world's first in terms of trade in sunflower oil. And this is 50% of the global market. That is, it is possible to say that each second liter of sunflower oil sold in the world was produced in Ukraine. Overall, since the beginning of the current MY, Ukraine has put out two million tonnes of this product, and approximately 80% of this amount was sent to foreign markets," minister said. According to Prysiazhniuk, domestic manufacturers are actively expanding the geography of sunflower oil exports. Thus, today's main importing countries are India - 30%, Egypt - 16%, EU - 16-18% and Turkey - 11%. The deliveries of this product to China and Iran are also increasing.
15.03.2013 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
Ukraine may enter Grain Twenty
Ukraine, together with the world's largest grain-producing countries, may create Grain Twenty.
This was dealt with during the meeting between the Minister of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine, Mykola Prysiazhniuk, and Director of the Agribusiness Department of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Gilles Mettetal. "This organization should unite the world's largest grain producers. Ukraine is preparing to join it, too," the ministry says.
In turn, Mettetal expressed support for the initiative the minister of agriculture of France on the establishment of Grain Twenty, a significant place in which may be taken by Ukraine. In addition, during the meeting the sides discussed EBRD's cooperation with Ukraine's agribusiness, and agreed to continue it in grain growing, poultry farming and machine-building.
"I am pleased that all the projects that you support in Ukraine's agricultural sector with lending are successful. And every year the line of agricultural products made by Ukrainian enterprises credited by the Bank is expanding. This is very important," Prysiazhniuk said. He reminded that the total volume of EBRD's investments in the agricultural business in Ukraine is now more than USD 1.5 billion.
15.03.2013 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
Ukraine can export grain 40% up next marketing year
Next marketing year (July 2013 - June 2014), Ukraine can export approximately 32 million tonnes of grain, which is 40% up against the previous year. This forecast was made public by the Ukrainian Grain Association (UGA). “We expect that exports will be 10 million tonnes up against the previous year indexes,” UGA President Volodymyr Klymenko has said.
14.03.2013 Source: UGA / Ukrinform
Government manages to overcome downward trend in meat production
The Cabinet of Ministers managed to overcome a downward trend in meat production in 2012 and Ukrainians started to consume more meat by results of the year, Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov has said at the government meeting. He added that as of December 2012, cattle stock made up 4.7 million heads and grew by 4.5% against the same period of 2011, pig population grew to 7.5 million heads. The largest growth took place in the poultry industry - by 7.8% t? 206.4 million heads.
13.03.2013 Source: UGA / Ukrinform
Almost all winter crops in good state
According to the Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, the state of winter grain crops is estimated as good and satisfactory on 91% of sown areas, weak and spaced - on 8% of the acreage. He added that although spring is not hurrying to the majority of Ukrainian regions, spring field works have already started on the South and in Crimea.
13.03.2013 Source: Ukrinform
Grain exports to South Africa over USD 100 million last year
The share of wheat and corn in total exports of Ukrainian domestic products to the Republic of South Africa increased significantly in 2012. In particular, these crops were delivered to South Africa for USD 100.5 million, with total bilateral trade standing at USD 171.2 million. Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Mykola Prysiazhniuk, stressed that the Ukrainian side is interested in cooperation with the South African Republic. In particular, Ukraine proposes starting the supply of poultry products, vegetable oil and sugar to the South African market. In addition, in the near future it is planned to deepen cooperation in the development of agricultural market infrastructure, poultry farming, the use of advanced technologies for the production of natural fertilizers, as well as industrial education and research.
12.03.2013 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
Ukraine, Russia may provoke EU's interest as new areas for agricultural production
The development of agriculture can be one of the reasons for stable economic development of the European Union. Ukraine and Russia at the same time may find themselves in a circle of new regions for agricultural production. This opinion was expressed by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso during the 6th European Forum for the Future of Agriculture.
11.03.2013 Source: Ukrinform
Ukraine exports over 18.2 million tonnes of grain crops since beginning of 2012/2013 marketing year
Since the beginning of 2012/2013 marketing year, agricultural producers supplied 18.2 million tonnes of grain crops to foreign markets, which is 5 million tonnes up against the same period of the previous MY. In particular, as of March 5, agricultural producers exported 9.7 million tonnes of corn, about 6.2 million tonnes of wheat and 2 million tonnes of barley.
This marketing year, 7.7 million tonnes of grain crops were exported to the European Union countries. In addition, for today, Ukraine is a leader on supply of corn to England.
11.03.2013 Source: Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry
Meat consumption will rise to 55.3 kg per capita in a year
This year, the consumption of meat per capita in Ukraine will be 55.3 kilograms due to better performance in the livestock industry (last year - 54.4 kg), the Minister of Agricultural Policy and Food, Mykola Prysiazhniuk, reported. According to him, the increase in meat consumption will owe to support for the producers who grow livestock and poultry.
04.03.2013 Source: Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry
Farmers expect grain yield of 56 million tonnes
Ukrainian farmers expect to harvest 56 million tonnes of grain in 2013. This forecast was voiced by President of the Ukrainian Grain Association (UGA) Volodymyr Klymenko. According to him, this will make it possible to increase the export of grain from 22 to 30 million tonnes in the next marketing year.
01.03.2013 Source: UGA
Ukraine, France to deepen cooperation in agriculture
Ukraine and France will deepen cooperation in the sphere of land relations, plant growing and veterinary medicine. This issue was discussed on Tuesday at a meeting between Ukrainian Agricultural Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk and French Ambassador to Ukraine Alain Remy.
"Promising cooperation with France in the agricultural sector is currently a priority for us. Therefore, we will make efforts to ensure that cooperation between our countries is at a high level. French experience in the agricultural sector is valuable to us, because we can use it in Ukraine," Prysiazhniuk said. He also stressed the importance of the French government's decision to create the post of a technical adviser on agriculture at the Ukrainian Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry in order to establish Ukrainian-French relations in the agricultural sector.
Remy, in turn, expressed his interest in continuing effective Ukrainian-French cooperation. He proposed speeding up the work of the Ukrainian-French working group on agriculture as part of the bilateral economic commission. "There are many reasons for France and Ukraine, as the largest agricultural producers in Europe, to intensify bilateral cooperation. For example, among the existing opportunities for cooperation international agricultural exhibitions are a priority," Remy said.
The positive dynamics of trade in agricultural products between Ukraine and France has been preserved in recent years. In 2012 compared with 2011, trade in agricultural products between the two countries grew by USD 167.09 million.
19.02.2013 Source: Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine
Ukraine earns USD 316 million on meat export in 2012
In 2012, Ukraine exported meat and meat products at USD 316 million. Beef export grew by 95% against 2011 and made up 8,996 tonnes. Pork exports made up USD 92.6 million - 20,208 tonnes were supplied. The largest volumes of meat and byproducts of home poultry meat were exported in 2012 - 80,653 tonnes to the amount of USD 145.2 million. Therefore, export volumes of pork and poultry grew by 62%.
18.02.2013 Source: Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine
Agrarian farmers sell over 117,000 tonnes of cattle and poultry in January
In January 2013, Ukrainian agricultural farmers sold 117,300 tonnes of cattle and poultry in live weight, which is 4.3% less against the sale volume in January 2012. According to a statement, last month, the sale volumes of cattle made up 14,400 tonnes, which is 19.6% up against the same results of January 2012. Selling of pigs grew by 8.6% in January 2013 against the same month of the previous year and made up 31,000 tonnes. At the same time, the sale volume of poultry in January 2013 reduced by 12.6% against January 2012 and made up 71,300 tonnes.
15.02.2013 Source: State Statistics Service of Ukraine
Ukraine, Hungary to exchange seed grains
Ukraine and Hungary have expressed interest in cooperation in the exchange of seed material and the development of new crop varieties. Ukraine's Agriculture Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk discussed this issue at a meeting with Hungary's Rural Development Minister, Dr. Sandor Fazekas. The meeting covered such promising areas of cooperation between Ukraine and Hungary as export/import of breeding (genetic) resources of meat and milk cattle, sheep, horses, and poultry products. In 2012, trade in agricultural products between Ukraine and Hungary compared to 2011 increased by 25% and amounted to USD 246.3 million. The amount of export of Ukrainian goods increased by 16% to USD 61.4 million.
15.02.2013 Source: Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine
Over UAH 2 billion will be allocated to finance farm machinery leasing
The state budget of Ukraine for 2013 provides UAH 166.8 million to finance technical support for agriculture. The agriculture ministry has proposed increasing this year the funding of state support on financial leasing terms by 830 million UAH, and in 2014 the amount is expected to increase by 1.3 billion UAH. Now the agriculture ministry is working to solve the tasks of creating the production of modern farm machinery by domestic companies with investments. Thus, proposals were included into the program for extending state guarantees in the amount of UAH 1.5 billion in 2013, and UAH 3.5 billion in 2014. Today, the financial leasing mechanism is considered to be a major tool to stimulate technical modernization of Ukraine's agro-industrial complex. However, the state budget for 2013 provides only 166.8 million UAH for promoting the purchase of priority equipment.
14.02.2013 Source: Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine
Farmers waiting for Land Bank opening
This year, the State Land Bank will provide farmers with loans at interest rates two times lower than the current rates of commercial banks. And cooperation of the Land Bank with the EBRD will help attract additional loans for farmers and improve regulation in the turnover of agricultural land. This year, the Land Bank must already begin its work. However, to fulfill its mission as a specialized agency for mortgage crediting, it is necessary to implement another position - to transfer to the bank the agricultural land that would become the capital to provide cheap loans to farmers. Therefore, on January 1, 2013 an inventory of public lands for agricultural purposes began in order to include them into the authorized capital of the State Land Bank.
08.02.2013 Source: Ukrinform
Poultry breeders requesting protection from excessive meat import
To protect national producers at the state level from excessive import of meat, in particular, poultry meat, meat products and to take adequate measures aimed at reduction of import volumes. The association Union of Poultry Breeders of Ukraine approached Prime Minister Mykola Azarov with this request, as well as Agrarian Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk and Economic Development and Trade Minister Ihor Prasolov.
07.02.2013 Source: Ukrinform
Farm produce exports may be increased to USD 22 billion
Exports of agricultural products and food this year may increase in cash equivalent to USD 22 billion, Minister of Agrarian Policy Mykola Prysiazhniuk said. In 2012 the export of agricultural products amounted to USD 18.2 billion.
06.02.2013 Source: Ukrinform
Ukraine exports 16.25 million tonnes of grain crops
Since the beginning of the current marketing year, Ukraine supplied 16.25 million tonnes of grain crops to foreign markets: 7.95 million tons of corn, 6.04 million tons of wheat and 1.98 million tons of barley. Those volumes comply with agreements, reached by grain traders and the Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry. In total, Ukraine is planning to export 23.2 million tonnes of grain this marketing year.
05.02.2013 Source: Ukrinform
Ukraine planning to expand supply of agricultural products and food to Iran
Ukraine is planning to expand supply of grain crops, sugar and dairy products, as well as to start export of agricultural equipment and component parts to the market of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Agrarian Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk has said about this at a meeting with Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Ukraine Akbar Ghasemi Ali Abadi.
In 2012 export of goods from Ukraine to Iran grew by 3.8% and reached USD 1.17 billion.
04.02.2013 Source: Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine
Ukrainian grain most actively purchased in EU
According to the Agrarian Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk, Ukraine exports most of all grain crops to the European Union countries. In 2012, 7.7 million tonnes of grain totaling USD 1.9 billion were supplied to the European Union market. Egypt (5.5 million tonnes at USD 1.4 billion) and Saudi Arabia (1.9 million tonnes at USD 509 million) are also leaders by Ukrainian grain import volumes. He stressed that last year became very successful for Ukraine in the sense of its strengthening positions on the foreign markets, thanks to which the state not only ensured its food security, but could receive a status of a reliable partner.
01.02.2013 Source: Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine
Seed Association of Ukraine, ESA, USUBC to hold first international seed conference in Kyiv
The first international conference on prospects for the development of seed industry in Ukraine as part of the integration processes in the world economy will begin in Kyiv on February 27, Executive Director of the Seed Association of Ukraine Valeriy Khadzhimatov said. The conference is organized by the Seed Association of Ukraine, and its partners are the European Seed Association (ESA), the International Seed Federation (ISF) and the US-Ukrainian Business Council (USUBC). The main purpose of the conference is to analyze and define the current state of the investment process in Ukraine, its specificities in the agricultural sector, and suggest the ways to optimize it. "High-quality seeds form the basis of successful cultivation of any crop. Sowing high-quality seeds of powerful manufacturers, it is possible to expect a high yield, and therefore income," Khadzhimatov said.
31.01.2013 Source: Ukrinform
Milk production to grow by 3.2% in 2013
The Ukrainian Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry has forecast that positive trends towards an increase in milk production will be preserved in 2013 and, in particular, the production is expected to grow by 3.2% this year. According to the Director of the ministry's department for cattle breeding, Andriy Hetia, the milk production to reach 11.75 million tonnes, which will ensure milk consumption per capita at a level of 217.3 kg. He also added that imports of dairy products are expected to shrink by almost 21.5%, while exports are expected to grow by 17.4%.
The increase in production will be achieved mainly through the improvement of milk production technologies at agricultural enterprises and an increase in milk yield amid the stabilization of cow numbers. Thanks to government programs milk producers are continuing to implement projects on the construction and reconstruction of dairy farms and complexes. Thus, in 2013, according to data from the regions, it is planned to commission 167 such farms and complexes.
29.01.2013 Source: Ukrinform
Ukraine exports 15.5 million tonnes of grain since July 1, 2012
Ukraine exported 15.5 million tonnes of grain from July 1, 2012 (the beginning of the current marketing year). In the same period of the previous marketing year, exports stood at 10.6 million tonnes.
Some 5.96 million tonnes of wheat, 7.32 million tonnes of corn and 1.96 million tonnes of barley have been exported since early July 2012. Since the beginning of January 2013, Ukraine has already exported 1.28 million tonnes of grain, including 144,200 tonnes of wheat, 166,700 tonnes of barley, and 977,400 tonnes of corn.
Ukraine exports grain under contracts with grain traders. At the start of the current season, grain traders and the ministry signed an addition to the memorandum, which established conditions under which the government might limit grain exports and set the maximal amounts of grain exports.
The ministry evaluates the grain export potential for the current marketing year at 23 million tonnes. The State Statistics Service estimated Ukraine's grain harvest in 2012 at about 46.2 million tonnes against a record high of 56.7 million tonnes in 2011.
22.01.2013 Source: Interfax / Ukrainian Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry
EBRD, Raiffeisen Bank Aval, John Deere to share credit risks as part of agricultural machinery lending for $50 million
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) jointly with Raiffeisen Bank Aval (a subsidiary of Austria's Raiffeisen Bank International) and John Deere, a leading global manufacturer of agricultural machinery, have announced the launch of a program to provide small and medium agricultural companies with John Deere agricultural machinery. As part of the program the three parties would undertake credit risks, which will allow small and medium Ukrainian agricultural companies to acquire John Deere machinery, using financing from Raiffeisen Bank Aval and Raiffeisen Leasing Aval. The total financing portfolio will be in the range of $50 million. The minimum annual interest rate in the program in U.S. dollars is 1%, the maximum one - 8.9%, while that in the hryvnia varies from 13.95% to 19.85% (for five years).
16.01.2013 Source: Interfax
Ukraine makes twice as many agricultural products as consumes
Ukrainian farmers produce twice as many agricultural goods as consumed in the domestic market. Over the past year, agricultural exports in monetary terms increased by almost 40% to $17 billion, the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, Mykola Prysiazhniuk, told a briefing at the Cabinet on Wednesday.
09.01.2013 Source: Ukrinform
Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry forecasts growth of grain yield 20% in 2013
Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry believes that under favorable weather conditions this year the grain yield may grow by 20%. "Under condition that the weather does not add challenges to us, we expect that the grain crop will exceed the last year yield by 20 percent. Thus, we make a careful forecast regarding wheat, whose gross yield may be 19 million tons,” the Minister said.
He reminded that this marketing year 46.2 million tons of grain was produced, in particular, wheat - 15.5 million tons.
09.01.2013 Source: Ukrinform
Ukrainian premier says agriculture should be industrialized
Ukrainian Premier Mykola Azarov has said that the industrialization of agricultural production should be stirred up. "Serious steps are required in the industrialization of agricultural production. Positive steps in cattle breeding should be not only enhanced, but also it is to be brought to a new level. Grain crops should be planted almost everywhere where there are conditions for the planting and they are to be planted using industrial technologies," he said, opening a cabinet meeting on Thursday. He said that now we should prepare for the spring sowing campaign, which would be not easy.
03.01.2013 Source: Interfax
Dairy farms' output can grow by 10%
Milk production in Ukraine in 2013 may increase by 10%, primarily due to agricultural enterprises. According to the Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine, in 2012 Ukraine increased milk production to nearly 11.5 million tonnes from 11 million the year before.
02.01.2013 Source: Ukrinform
Agricultural exports in 2012 to grow by over a third
The growth of agricultural exports in Ukraine last year is expected to reach 30.8%, from USD 13 billion to USD 17 billion, Agricultural Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk has said.
According to the Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry, the Asian countries account for the main share of Ukrainian agricultural exports - about 30%. In addition to Russia, Ukrainian agricultural products are purchased in India, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Ukraine is one of the largest exporters of wheat, sunflower seeds, sunflower oil, barley, rye and corn. The average annual export of Ukrainian agricultural products in the period from 2007 to 2011 is USD 9.7 billion.
The prospects of the agricultural sector were praised by big business in Ukraine. For example, Dmytro Firtash last year completed the construction of a ten-hectare greenhouse complex worth EUR 150 million. He also started building a soybeans processing plant in Ternopil region, and he also plans to build there an elevator for 200,000 tonnes of grain.
02.01.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Chinese loans will be channeled to farmers as current assets
According to preliminary agreements with the Chinese, a loan of $3 billion will be directed to farmers as working capital for the period of harvest and sowing campaigns, that is for short-term projects. At the same time, Ukraine is obliged to annually export corn to China in the volume of 2-2.5 million tonnes, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine reported.
27.12.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Farming ties with China to promote Ukrainian agriculture
Establishment of cooperation with China will make it possible to intensify the development of the Ukrainian agricultural sector. This was emphasized by the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Mykola Prysiazhniuk, during his trip to China. "Ukraine now has a number of projects to be introduced in cooperation with China. We would like to cooperation using the experience of the two countries in the development of projects in seed farming, irrigation, production of cereals and some others," the minister said.
In addition, he said, it would be interesting to exchange experience in plant breeding, exchange the best examples of seeds, as well as test those seeds in Ukraine. In plant industry, one of the priorities is the project for the development of land reclamation in eastern regions and the project for the production of plant protection means and fertilizers in Ukraine. The Ukrainian side initiates the exchange of experience in the development of new technologies and equipment for the processing industry, cooperation in the development of selective breeding and exchange of tribal genetic resources. No less promising is the possibility of implementing a wide range of mutually beneficial projects in the field of fisheries.
27.12.2012 Source: Ukrinform
2013 harvest will be about 56 million tonnes, UGA president says
Ukraine may gather about 56 million tonnes of grain in 2013. This belief was expressed at a press conference by President of the Ukrainian Grain Association Volodymyr Klymenko. "Last year, the weather let us down. Now, thanks to the good snow fall, and if the weather helps us as today - the harvest will be 10 million tonnes more next year. There will be a greater volume for exports," the expert predicted. Klymenko said that 56 million tonnes of grain is a normal harvest for Ukraine. The technology allows this, and thus farmers can produce such a result.
26.12.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Agricultural cooperation with China deepening
The memorandum of cooperation between the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, the Sino-Ukrainian Association for International Projects and the China National Corporation for Overseas Economic Cooperation in promoting bilateral investment cooperation and joint investment projects in agriculture was signed in Beijing on Wednesday.
China's Deputy Agriculture Minister Zhu Baocheng said that China and Ukraine, as two agrarian countries, are largely complementary, which is a huge potential for cooperation. He promised full support of the PRC Agriculture Ministry to the companies that will carry out projects in Ukraine.
For his part, the director of the Department of Foreign Relations of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Kyrylo Klymenko, said that Ukraine selected a number of projects that would be implemented together with Chinese partners. They relate, in particular, to improving the effectiveness of seed materials (Ukraine is interested in using Chinese breeding technologies), the production of plant protection means and fertilizers. It is also planned to modernize the irrigation system in the south of Ukraine to provide water to 1.2 million hectares of land (its upgrade will make it possible to grow about 10 million tons of corn and soybeans annually). In addition, according to the import substitution program, it is planned to build at least 500 hectares of high-tech greenhouses that will provide year-round fresh fruits and vegetables not only for Ukrainian, but also for European consumers.
26.12.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Wheat acreage to increase in Ukraine
The cropping pattern for 2013 provides for an increase in the grain acreage, in particular, the expansion of areas under wheat. At the same time, high-reproduction winter crop seeds will help to increase the production of some crops by 20-30%.
According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, winter crops for grain of the 2013 harvest were planted on the area of 8.1 million hectares, including wheat on 6.7 million hectares, barley on 1.1 million hectares and rye on 304 thousand hectares. The condition of winter grain crops is better than the average annual performance over the past 10 years.
Farmers are also increasing areas under corn for grain, which has now become one of the major export crops. In addition, there will be an increase in the areas under rape. Areas under barley, buckwheat, sugar beets, soybeans, potatoes and vegetables will remain at the 2012 level.
21.12.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Winter crop acreage 2.5% down
Sowing of winter crops for the 2013 harvest in Ukraine has decreased by 2.5% to 9,200.8 thousand hectares. Agricultural enterprises planted 7,379 thousand hectares and private farms 1,821.8 thousand hectares, the State Statistics Service reported. In the structure of winter grain crops area, wheat makes 82.6% (last year 79.9%), barley 13.6% (16.3%), rye 3.8% (like last year.
The largest areas of winter crops for the 2013 harvest are in Odesa (907.1 thousand ha) and Mykolaiv (704.8 thousand ha) regions.
21.12.2013 Source: Ukrinform / State Statistics Service
Agriculture Ministry plans to supply $17 billion worth of products to foreign markets
Ukraine can export USD 17 billion worth of agricultural products this year. Agricultural Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk made such a forecast on Wednesday at a briefing in the Cabinet of Ministers. The major consumers of Ukrainian agricultural products are Asian and EU countries. Ukraine had exported over 25% of agricultural products to EU countries, which was 2.2% more than last year. In addition, domestic products are actively purchased by African countries whose share in exports is about 18%.
19.12.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Farm produce export geography largely expanded
Over the year Ukraine has significantly expanded the geography of its agricultural exports, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Mykola Prysiazhniuk told a briefing at the Cabinet. Beside the major traditional importers of Ukrainian production - Egypt, Iran and Spain, Ukrainian traders have entered the markets of Japan, Taiwan, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of South Africa. The foreign trade balance of agricultural products in 2012 was $8.2 billion. The most important factors of the surplus are, as before, the high export volumes of grain - 36.6%, oil - 23.9% and oil seeds - 9.3%.
19.12.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Ukraine to export 200,000 tonnes of sugar in current marketing season
The Ukrainian Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry has predicted that Ukraine will export 200,000 tonnes of sugar in the 2012/2013 marketing season. CIS markets are traditional markets for Ukrainian sugar. However, they are currently closed due to high import duties. As part of official negotiations on the creation of a free trade area between Ukraine and the EU the sides had reached an agreement on the introduction of quotas for Ukrainian sugar exports to the EU in the amount of 20,000 tons per year.
The Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry, along with the National Association of Sugar Producers, had prepared a draft law introducing amendments to the law on the state regulation of the production and sale of sugar, which is aimed at resolving problems in the industry. The issue concerns, in particular, the cancelation of minimum prices for sugar, the protection of the domestic market and domestic producers, as well as supplies to the domestic market of sugar produced from raw sugar that was imported to Ukraine under WTO quotas, and the sale of sugar produced above the A quota.
11.12.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Ukraine seeking EU's priority attitude to its agriculture in 2014-2020
The Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry of Ukraine is asking the European Union to include the development of Ukrainian agriculture among the priorities of the EU strategy for Ukraine in 2014-2020. Deputy Minister Ivan Bisiuk expressed the hope that, after signing a free trade area agreement, the European Union will open its enterprises in Ukraine, in particular, for the production of organic foods. As reported, Ukraine has already adopted a law on the manufacture and circulation of organic products.
07.12.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Gross output of agricultural products may reach UAH 222.2 billion this year
By results of the current year, gross output of agricultural products may reach UAH 222.2 billion. And revenues to the budget may reach UAH 42.2 billion. This statistics was aired by Agrarian Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk at the final annual press conference on Thursday. He stressed that the implemented reforms have already formed the basis for the agrarian sector and gave a powerful impetus to long-term growth. Over recent years, the agricultural products traditionally occupy a considerable part in Ukraine's foreign trade. This is the only sector of Ukraine's economy, which has a positive balance of foreign trade.
The average index made up UAH 208.8 billion in 2009-2011.
06.12.2012 Source: Ukrinform
UAH 15.55 billion envisaged for Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry in budget 2013
The government envisaged expenses in the draft state budget 2013 for the Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry to the amount of UAH 15.55 billion. In particular, it is proposed to send UAH 7.2 billion in 2013 for a program on provision of food security and price stability.
05.12.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Ukraine allowed poultry export to EU
At a meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCOFCAH) of the European Commission's Health and Consumers Directorate-General (DG SANCO) on Wednesday, a technical vote was held on the draft decision on putting Ukraine on the list of third countries authorized to export poultry products to the European Union. All the EU member states voted for including Ukraine in Annex I of EC Regulation 798/2008/EU. Thus, Ukraine has received the permission to the export of eggs, egg products, poultry and meat of wild birds to the EU market. Appropriate amendments to Regulation 798/2008/EU will be made within 2-3 months after the translation of Annex I to this Regulation to the official languages of the EU member-countries. However, the Ukrainian side should additionally provide a salmonella control program in accordance with Regulation 2160/2003/EU of the European Parliament and the EU Council..
05.12.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Cabinet forecasts grain crop of 51 million tonnes - draft budget for 2013
According to the explanatory memorandum to the draft budget for 2013, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine expects grain harvest increase in 2013 by 11.8% up to 51 million tonnes from 45.6 million tons in 2012.
04.12.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Maximum volume of wheat exports will not exceed 5.6-5.7 million tonnes
Ukraine has exported the maximum amount of wheat - 5.5 million tonnes. At the same time, the export limit will still be higher, but not more than by 2-3% (5.6-5.7 million tonnes), the Ministry of Agrarian Policy reported.
04.12.2012 Source: Ukrinform
High-quality seeds needed for growing more efficient crops
Ukrainian farmers are switching to more efficient crops, including corn, but there is a need for high-quality seeds. Recently the government provided strong enough support for the development of the seed industry. But it is also very important to strengthen state control over the observance of the Ukrainian legislation in the sphere of protection of plant varieties. This will help reduce violations in plant growing, production of high-quality seeds, filling the market with high-quality domestic products.
Ukraine is a member of such authoritative international organizations as the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants and the International Seed Trade Federation.
29.11.2012 Source: Ukrinform
EBRD to invest nearly $16 million in Ukraine sugar beet production
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will invest $15.9 million in the Ukrainian subsidiary of ED&F Man, which is located in Mykolayiv region and has a sugar factory there. The investment will be used to install equipment for the processing of sugar beet and to develop sugar beet production in the region (through creating a joint venture with the agricultural company Continental Farming Group, listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM and operating in Poland and Ukraine). New equipment for the processing of sugar beet, which must be installed at the sugar factory, will be more energy efficient than at most of the functioning sugar mills in Ukraine.
The EBRD is the largest financial investor in Ukraine. At the end of October 2012, the bank undertook the commitment to provide more than $10 billion under 327 projects.
29.11.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Ukraine harvests 45.01 million tonnes of grain
Ukraine harvested 45.01 million tonnes of grain and leguminous crops from 14.35 million hectares as of November 23, 2012, or 97% of the forecast, with the yield being 31.3 centners per hectare. On the same date in 2011 farmers threshed 55.79 million tonnes of grain from an area of 15.02 million hectares, with the yield being 37.1 centners per hectare.
As of November 23, 2012, farmers harvested 18.64 million tonnes of corn from an area of 4.04 million hectares (92%), with the yield being 46.1 centners per hectare. They also threshed 18.1 million tonnes of sugar beets from an area of 451,400 hectares (99%), with an average yield being 401 centners per hectare. Farmers also harvested 2.33 million tonnes of soybeans from an area of 1.38 million hectares (97%), with the yield being 16.8 centners per hectare.
26.11.2012 Source: APK-Inform
CLAAS set to produce combine harvesters, tractors in Ukraine
Ukraine's agricultural machinery producers and CLAAS, one of world's leading harvester producers, under the auspices of the Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine reached an agreement on a pilot project for co-production of Tucano combine harvesters and Xerion tractors in Ukraine. A number of meetings on these and other issues were held as part of a visit of the Ukrainian delegation to Germany to attend the International Trade Fair for Livestock Euro Tier 2012, November 13-16, in Hanover.
The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) and the All-Ukrainian Association of Mechanical Engineers (Ukragromash) strengthen cooperation.
21.11.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Moratorium on sale of agricultural land extended until 2016
The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has passed a law extending a moratorium on the sale of agricultural land until January 1, 2016. The law introducing amendments to the Land Code of Ukraine (regarding the circulation of agricultural land) says that before it comes into force, the law on the circulation of agricultural land, but not earlier than January 1, 2016, prohibits the inclusion of the right to a land plot in the charter capital of commercial companies.
21.11.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Ukraine to export farm produce for $17 billion in 2012
This year, the export of agricultural products in terms of value will be $17 billion. According to the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Mykola Prysiazhniuk, Ukraine has never exported such a large volume of products. In addition, the geography of exports has also expanded. The minister said that the first time in 20 years the country began to rapidly increase exports of vegetables, fruits and berries.
15.11.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Agriculture ministry pledges development of organic farm produce industry
Ukraine now has favorable conditions for the development of organic farm produce manufacture.
This was stated by the head of the department for general agriculture, chemicals and land reclamation of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Anatoliy Rudiuk. In September, the Parliament adopted a bill on organic production, and in October 2012, the President of Ukraine returned the bill, enclosed with his suggestions for its revision. Therefore, work in this area will continue.
09.11.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Ukrainian farm companies raised almost $1.5bln in investment in two years
Ukrainian agricultural companies have attracted investments totaling nearly USD 1.5 billion, the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UAC) reported. Global demand for food in the medium term will continue to grow, driven by an increase in population and, consequently, the per capita consumption in Asia. The areas of lands suitable for agricultural production have been reducing annually, which significantly limits the agricultural offer. Against this background, Ukraine maintains a relatively high investment attractiveness.
09.11.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Domestic production of farm machinery will be supported by law
In order to support the production of Ukrainian equipment for the agricultural sector, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the bill on amendments to the law encouraging the development of domestic machine-building for agriculture. The bill aims to create favorable conditions for Ukrainian companies that produce agricultural equipment using foreign elements, and also facilitate the future production of a modern domestic element base.
07.11.2012 Source: Ukrinform
in Ukraine kicks off earlier due to high
This year the harvesting campaign in Ukraine
began 2-3 weeks earlier than usual, due
to high temperature conditions. According
to Tetiana Adamenko, the head of agricultural
meteorology at the Ukrainian Weather Center
of the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry,
high temperatures have brought heat stress
to plants and groundwater drought, which
adversely affected the crop capacity.
The gross harvest of grain and leguminous
crops in Ukraine in 2012 is projected
at 43-44 million tonnes, or about 10-12
million tonnes less than last year.
25.06.2012 Source: Ukrinform
breed new varieties of crops with capacity
of 115-124 centner/ha
Domestic scientists and plant breeders
from the Institute of Plant Physiology
and Genetics, National Academy of Sciences
of Ukraine (NASU), during the Field Day
2012 presented several new varieties of
crops that have high productivity - 115-124
centners/ha. Among the presented varieties
- 'Smuhlianka', 'Zolotokolos' and 'Favorytka'.
A record productivity of these crops at
115-124 centner/ha, by the way - in production,
rather than on the fields of NASU institutions,
has been officially recorded by the State
Commission of Ukraine for Crop Variety
25.06.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Over 60 million
tonnes of grain will be supplied to market
More than 60 million tons of grain will
be provided to the market this year, despite
not very favorable climatic conditions
last autumn, this winter and spring. This
was stated by First Deputy Minister of
Agricultural Policy and Food Mykola Bezuhly.
"More than 60 million tonnes of grain
will be supplied to the market. This is
48-49 million tonnes of this year's crop
and 12 million tonnes of carryover stocks.
With domestic consumption of 27 million
tonnes and ending stocks of 5 million
tonnes, 27 million tonnes could be exported.
So, there will be no problems with either
food or feed grain," Mykola Bezuhly
said. He also predicted that the gross
production of oil crops could be at the
level of 11-12 million tonnes.
21.06.2012 Source: Ukrinform
production 1.5% up in 5 months
In January-May 2012 agricultural production
increased by 1.5% YoY. Output of agricultural
companies increased by 4%, while in households
it fell by 0.2%. The total amount of products
sold by agrarian enterprises in January-May
2012 increased by 45% YoY, including crop
production by 95% and livestock by 2%.
19.06.2012 Source: State Statistics Service
ministry to pay off 1.045 million UAH
for cattle breeding
The Ministry of Agriculture has sent 1,045.5
thousand UAH for the payment of subsidies
on keeping young cattle. More than a thousand
and a half farmers have already applied
for state grants. In particular, the state
provides the following benefits: for a
calf at the age of 3 to 5 months UAH 250,
from 6 months to 8 months UAH 500, from
9 to 11 months 750 UAH per head. The payments
are made under the agriculture ministry's
program of state support for the livestock
18.06.2012 Source: Ministry of Agricultural
Policy and Food of Ukraine
Nearly 100 Ukrainian
farms to attend trainings to gain European
Nearly 100 Ukrainian farms will participate
in trainings to borrowing the European
experience in the agricultural business.
Such joint project by the Central European
Initiative (CEI) and the European Bank
for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
was agreed at a meeting of the CEI Committee
of National Coordinators on Tuesday in
the Italian city of Trieste. The project
will be implemented as part of the Technical
Cooperation projects with total cost amounting
to EUR 250,000.
12.06.2012 Source: Ukrinform
60-70% of fish
Ukraine is dependent on fish imports,
which make about 60-70%, Minister of Agricultural
Policy and Food Mykola Prysiazhniuk told
a board meeting of the National Agency
for Fisheries on Friday. "This country
is dependent on fish imports - about 60-70%
of this product is taken from abroad.
It is paradoxical, but domestic freshwater
fish is more expensive than imported sea
fish. Therefore, the agriculture ministry
and the fisheries agency must do everything
for effective use of water resources,"
the minister said.
01.06.2012 Source: Ukrinform
sign framework agreement on cooperation
Ukraine and China signed a framework agreement
on cooperation in agriculture with the
participation of the State Food and Grain
Corporation of Ukraine, China National
Corporation of General Contracting, Export-Import
Bank of China and the Ministry of Finance
of Ukraine. Deputy Minister of Agricultural
Policy and Food of Ukraine Oleksandr Sen
said that the meeting covered investment
in plant protection products, agricultural
machinery, infrastructure development,
25.05.2012 Source: Ukrinform
trade with China may increase to USD 1
The trade turnover between Ukraine and
China in the agricultural sector may reach
USD 1 billion this year, Minister of Agricultural
Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Prysiazhniuk
said at a briefing during the 2nd session
of the Ukrainian-Chinese subcommission
on cooperation in the field of agriculture
of the intergovernmental commission on
cooperation between Ukraine and China.
25.05.2012 Source: Ukrinform
legumes sown on 8.61 million hectares
As of May 15 2012, spring grain and leguminous
crops in Ukraine were planted on 8.61
million hectares or 97% of the plan. In
particular, corn for grain was planted
on 4.41 million ha (99%) of the planned
4.44 million ha. Farmers also planted
129 thousand ha of sorghum (71% of the
plan), 202 thousand ha of buckwheat (72%)
and 152 thousand ha of millet (65%), 1.228
million ha of soybeans (94%), 3.82 million
hectares of sunflower (95%), 482 thousand
ha of sugar beet (91% of the plan).
16.05.2012 Source: Ministry of Agricultural
Policy and Food of Ukraine
from farmers to increase 10.7% to 45 billion
The domestic agricultural sector should
be fully self-sustaining and self-sufficient.
According to preliminary estimates, in
the current year tax revenues from farmers
will grow by 10.7% to 44.9 billion UAH.
In 2011, the state budget received from
domestic agricultural producers 40.1 billion
UAH of tax payments, which is 17% more
than in the previous year (34.3 billion
UAH). The agriculture ministry attributes
this situation to the creation by the
Cabinet of Ministers of favorable tax
policies for agricultural producers. During
the development of a new Tax Code, the
norms for indirect government support
of the agricultural sector were retained.
First of all, this is an open-ended fixed
agricultural tax and special VAT regimes
until the end of 2017.
14.05.2012 Source: Ministry of Agricultural
Policy and Food of Ukraine
sector will receive UAH 6.4 billion of
state support in 2012
The state budget foresees that in 2012
the Ukrainian agricultural sector will
receive UAH 6.4 of state support. Budget
revenues from agricultural producers in
2012 are projected at UAH 44.9 billion,
which is 10.7% more than in 2011.
In total, the state budget for 2012 foresees
expenditures for agriculture at UAH 18.1
billion, including UAH 6.4 billion from
the general fund and UAH 11.7 billion
from the special fund. Support for agriculture
is mainly carried out from the special
fund of the state budget. Although its
amount was approved by the state budget,
support is being provided within actual
The main spheres of expenditures are the
social sphere of the villages, as well
as the development of agricultural education
and science. Thus, money from the general
fund of the state budget will be channeled
to support the social sphere - UAH 16
million, agricultural education - UAH
1.977 billion, and agricultural science
- UAH 140.1 million.
At the expense of special funds, support
is carried out according to the following
main budget programs: establishing of
young orchards, vineyards and berry plantations
- UAH 1.075 million, state support to
the cattle breeding sector - UAH 732 million,
formation of the state intervention fund
by the Agrarian Fund, as well as purchases
of material-technical resources for the
needs of agricultural producers - UAH
7.2 billion, out of these, UAH 5 billion
are subject to return.
14.05.2012 Source: Ministry of Agricultural
Policy and Food of Ukraine
19 million tonnes of grain
As of May 8, 2012 Ukraine has exported
19 million tonnes of grain, Director General
of the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation
Serhiy Stoyanov said. In particular, Ukraine
shipped 11.5 million tonnes of corn, 5
million tonnes of wheat and 2.5 million
tonnes of barley. The country also exported
more than 1.4 million tonnes of rapeseed,
about 1 million tonnes of soybeans and
more than 1 million tonnes of products
after processing grain and oilseeds. According
to him, the total tonnage of exports of
grain, oilseeds and products thereof both
by sea and by land exceeded 22.3 million
10.05.2012 Source: Ukrainian Agrarian
sown on 84% of planned acreage
As of May 7, 2012, Ukraine sowed spring
grains and legumes on 7.5 million hectares
or 84% of the forecast. In particular
agrarians planted corn for grain on 3.5
million ha (80% of the forecast), buckwheat
on 85 thousand ha (30%), millet on 89
thousand ha (38%), rice on 18 thousand
ha (64%). Sugar beets were planted on
477 thousand ha (89% of the forecast),
sunflower on 3.1 million ha (76%), and
soy on 879 thousand ha (68%).
Winter crops were reseeded with spring
crops on 0.97 million hectares, with the
forecast 1.51 million ha.
08.05.2012 Source: Ministry of Agricultural
Policy and Food of Ukraine
State to open
new lines of animal husbandry support
This year one more public program for
livestock support was launched.
"We continue the support and past
years' programs, that is compensation
for the construction of dairy farms -
up to 50%, In addition, this is compensation
of the National Bank discount rate for
loans, compensation for the purchase of
young animals from households (7 UAH /
kg of body weight), and compensation for
additional dairy cattle in the amount
of UAH 10,000 per head," Minister
of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine
Mykola Prysiazhniuk said.
This year 206.4 million UAH was allocated
for financial support through the cheapening
of credits and compensation of lease payments;
152.5 million UAH for partial reimbursement
of the cost of construction and reconstruction
of livestock farms and enterprises for
the production of animal feed; 51 million
UAH for the development of animal husbandry.
Also within the current programs the government
envisaged 1 billion UAH to support individual
07.05.2012 Source: Ukrinform
The milk production
has been increased in Ukraine
In Q1 2012 milk production in Ukraine
has been increased by 64 thousand tonnes
or 3.2%. According to the Minister of
Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola
Prysyazhnyuk, 19 regions of Ukraine have
increased milk production. 958 thousand
tonnes of milk have been delivered to
the processing enterprises in the reporting
period, which makes the overall growth
of about 10%.
03.05.2012 Source: kmu
to keep at 2-2.2 million tons in May,
Ukraine is planning to keep grain exports
at the level of 2-2.2 million tonnes in
May and June. Since the start of the current
agricultural year (July 2011- June 2012),
Ukraine has already exported about 17.8
million tonnes of grain, including 4.4
million tonnes of wheat, 2.3 million tonnes
of barley and 11 million tonnes of corn.
03.05.2012 Source: Ministry of Agricultural
Policy and Food of Ukraine / Ukrinform
harvest expected in Ukraine
Because of significant losses of winter
crops this year Ukrainian farmers have
to increase the area under spring crops.
It is planned to plant soybeans throughout
1.4 million ha, which is 23% more than
last year. This may allow to collect a
record harvest of this crop at 2.5 million
tonnes, Taras Hahaliuk, the director of
AgriSurvey at the Ukrainian Agribusiness
Club (UABC) said. "Commercial production
of soybean in Ukraine has a rather short
history, but in recent years an increase
in production has made it possible not
only to provide domestic demand, but also
enter the top 10 exporters of this crop,"
the analyst noted.
02.05.2012 Source: UABC / Ukrinform
most promising investment resource in
Agriculture is of huge interest to investors,
because small investment can produce significant
returns, Executive Director of the Bleyzer
Foundation Oleg Ustenko said at a press
conference in Kyiv. "I think that
agriculture is of huge interest to investors.
It has a number of advantages: land, relatively
developed infrastructure, relatively skilled
labor in the total absence of proper technology.
Taking into account the fact that the
yield in our country is 2.5 times lower
than in Europe, the potential is huge,"
the expert said.
25.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform
subsidies for cattle breeding developed
Farmers will receive the state financial
aid for cattle breeding. A relevant decision
was taken by the Cabinet of Ministers
of Ukraine on April 23, through making
amendments into the Procedure for calculation
of the value added tax, which is paid
to the state budget by processing enterprises
for sold milk, dairy raw materials and
dairy products, meat and meat products,
other meat processing products of cattle
purchased in live weight, as well as payments
and the use of the funds received from
its payment. A special budget subsidy
is paid for young cattle livestock: for
the young stock from 3 to 5 months - UAH
250/head; from 6 to 8 months - UAH 500/head;
from 9 to 10 months - UAH 750/head.
24.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform
increase wheat sales in March
Agricultural enterprises increased the
sale of wheat in March 2012 by 31.4% to
654,800 tonnes compared with February
2012. In January-March 2012, agricultural
enterprises sold 1.447 million tonnes
of wheat, or 17.7% more than in the same
period in 2011. In 2011, Ukraine harvested
22.312 million tonnes of wheat.
23.04.2012 Source: State Statistics Service
interested in investing in the Crimean
Turkish businesses are interested in investing
into the agricultural and transport sectors
of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,
the head of the Crimean government, Anatoliy
Mohyliov, told reporters following his
trip to Turkey. Crimean delegation held
a series of meetings in Turkey, including
with the Grand National Assembly President
Cemil Cicek, Minister of Science, Industry
and Technology Nihat Ergun, Minister of
Transport and Communications Binali Yildirim,
Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu,
the TIKA leadership and representatives
of Turkish businesses.
18.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Ministry to regulate prices for agricultural
According to the results of weekly monitoring
of 800 food markets in Ukraine, the Ukrainian
Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry
will draw up a program to monitor food
price fluctuations. The development of
a network of wholesale markets and farmers
markets will contribute to the regulation
of prices, Ukrainian Agricultural Policy
and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk
18.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Jordan agree on close cooperation in agriculture
Following the visit of the Ukrainian delegation
headed by President Viktor Yanukovych
to the Kingdom of Jordan, agreement was
reached on strengthening cooperation in
the agricultural sector. "A number
of agreements were signed, in particular,
regarding the construction of elevator
facilities in Jordan, which will make
it possible to increase the supply of
grain both to that country and to its
neighbor-states; it was also agreed to
increase the supply of poultry meat and
offal," the Minister of Agricultural
Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Prysiazhniuk
said. The parties had agreed on cooperation
between scientific institutions, in particular
in the development of joint programs for
the study of hazardous diseases of birds
and animals, exchange of breeding material
(seeds of vegetables and melons), as well
as the introduction of new plant protection
Ukrainian exports to Jordan in 2011 amounted
to 46.0 million USD (eggs of poultry -10.0
mln USD, meat and offal - 1.7 mln USD,
grain cereals - 24.6 mln USD, oil - 6.9
17.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform
needs significant investment
Agrifood sector requires substantial investment
to ensure dynamic development and an advanced
level of technology and product quality,
President of the Association of Ukrainian
Agribusiness Club, Alex Lissitsa said.
"Stabilization of land relations
and gradual formation of powerful agribusiness
companies allowed drawing in the agricultural
sector only during 2010 and 2011 more
than USD 1 billion annually through the
IPO and the issue of corporate bonds,"
the expert said. He stressed that the
increase in investment leads to increased
production and export of agricultural
goods. If in the early 2000s Ukraine produced
25-30 million tonnes of grain and 5-6
million tonnes of oil-bearing crops, in
10 years the country ensured grain production
of over 50 million tonnes and the production
of oil-bearing crops of more than 12 million
Ukraine is currently a big player in the
global market of agricultural products,
but further growth is limited due to insufficient
investment, as evidenced by the dosed
application of fertilizers and agricultural
machinery as compared with competitors.
"Once this imbalance is corrected,
Ukraine will be able to ramp up production
several times over the current levels.
The increase will also tell on the prices
of land and create a demand for additional
storage and handling capacity, as well
as for farm machinery, seeds, chemicals
and related services," the analyst
Only the largest vertically integrated
agricultural holdings, which have been
cooperating with Western financial institutions
for more than a year, can count on free
access to foreign funds, among them the
largest landowners in Ukraine, such as
MHP, Mechta, Astarta, Kernel, Ukrlandfarming
13.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform
in March 67% up on February
In March, Ukraine exported more than 2.7
million tonnes of grain, which is 67%
more than in February. This is the largest
monthly figure for the past two seasons.
Corn continues to hold the key position
in the structure of grain exports. During
September-March, about 9.1 million tonnes
of corn was exported from Ukraine, which
is more than a half of all grain shipments.
The shipments of other grain crops in
July-March totaled about 6.1 million tonnes.
Egypt and Spain were the main markets
for Ukrainian wheat in March, Saudi Arabia
and Jordan for barley, Egypt, Iran, Spain,
Portugal, Japan and South Korea for corn,
when Israel and Sudan for sorghum.
Exports of oilseeds from Ukraine in the
current season are relatively weak, especially
as regards rape and sunflower. Since the
beginning of the season, Ukraine has supplied
to foreign markets around 2 million tonnes
of oilseeds, while in the same period
of the previous marketing year about 2.5
13.04.2012 Source: Grain Ukraine
of the State Land Cadastre will be completed
The State Agency of Land Resources is
conducted software development and filling
of the State Land Cadastre, which will
be fully completed by 2020.
"We have already practically completed
the formation of base cartographic Cadastre.
So, there has been completed aerial photography
of the whole territory of Ukraine, final
stage and developing software and hardware
complex of a cadastral registration system."
said the Chairman of the State Agency
of Land Resources SerhiyTymchenko. After
gathering all the data, namely, providing
content filling of software and hardware
complex of the State Land Cadastre, collecting
cartographical and text data about the
quality characteristics of agricultural
lands, the final filling of the State
Land Cadastre will be completed by 2020.
13.04.2012 Source: Ministry of Agrarian
Policy and Food of Ukraine
platform Agricultural Sector of 21st Century
will appear in Crimea
The electronic trading platform Agricultural
Sector of the 21st Century and a trading
exchange for agricultural producers will
appear in Crimea. First Deputy Chairman
of the Council of Ministers of Crimea
Pavlo Burlakov noted that establishment
of an electronic trading platform will
ensure efficient work with Crimean farmers,
and will also contribute to the development
of the agricultural sector in the region.
The web portal Agricultural Sector of
the 21st Century will open in approximately
13.04.2012 Source: Crimean Council of
breed five new varieties of winter wheat
Geneticists of the National Academy of
Sciences of Ukraine bred in 2011 five
new highly effective varieties of winter
wheat, President of the National Academy
of Sciences Borys Paton said during the
presentation of the Academy's annual report
on Thursday. According to him, more than
1 million ha of land was allocated for
planting these and other new varieties
of crops. In addition, the President of
the National Academy of Sciences said,
there are a number of new biotechnological
developments of scientists of the National
Academy of Agricultural Sciences. "It
is clear that effective use of Ukraine's
natural potential with the application
of modern biotechnology can take this
country to one of the leading places in
the world by the output of agricultural
products," he summed up.
12.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Ukraine to export
7 million tonnes of grain by end of marketing
The Ukrainian Ministry for Agricultural
Policy and Food is planning to export
7 million tonnes of grain by the end of
the current marketing year. According
to the State Statistics Service, as of
April 2, 2012, Ukraine sowed spring crops
on an area of 932,300 ha, which was 6.9%
more than on the same date in 2011. At
the same time, spring grain and leguminous
crops (not including corn) were sown on
an area of 648,200 ha (9.6% less than
last year), of which barley was sown on
462,600 ha (12.8% less than last year).
11.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform
EBRD says Ukrainian
agricultural sector has great capacity
Ukraine has great potential in agriculture,
therefore it attracts investors, EBRD's
Country Director for Ukraine, Andre Keesvek,
said in an interview. Kuusvek said that,
unfortunately, the investment environment
in the country, frequent changes in legislation
substantially impede the flow of investment
into this sector. At the same time he
noted that the EBRD annually increases
investment in the agricultural sector
of Ukraine. "If in 2009, the funding
totaled EUR 138 million, in 2011 the figure
was EUR 190 million," he said. In
2012 the Bank plans investment at the
level of 2011.
EBRD is the largest financial investor
in Ukraine. The Bank provides funding
to various projects focusing on financial
institutions, agribusiness, real estate
projects, power generation and transmission,
infrastructure and industry. As of December
31, 2011, the Bank had committed over
EUR 7.5 billion (USD 9.6 billion) through
09.04.2012 Source: Newspaper Delo / Ukrinform
CIS to develop
uniform methodology for accounting farm
The main objective of cooperation among
the Commonwealth of Independent States'
member-countries in the field of agriculture
is food security both in the domestic
market of the participating countries
and in the foreign market. To solve this
problem, it is planned to develop a uniform
methodology for accounting agricultural
production, First Deputy Minister of Agricultural
Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Bezuhly
said during a meeting of the Intergovernmental
Council for the Agricultural Sector of
the CIS. In his opinion, such a move will
help solve a number of issues related
to the control of export-import balance
and provide the countries precisely with
the food they need.
06.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform
sector has greatest investment potential
Agricultural sector is one of the most
promising in this country and has the
greatest investment potential. Nevertheless,
there are many problems and issues, particularly
in the legislative framework, that require
discussion and refinement. This was pointed
out at the forum AGRO: Evolution of Agrarian
Markets, which began its work in Kyiv
The program of the forum outlines the
main directions for this year: trends
of Ukrainian agriculture development,
attraction of funding to Ukraine's agri-business,
land tenure in the modern Ukrainian conditions,
as well as commodity market trends and
05.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Ukraine farm machinery on lease
Belarus can give Ukraine on lease for
a term of seven years combine harvesters
and grain carriers produced by OJSC Minsk
Automobile Factory. First Vice-Premier
of Belarus Vladimir Semashko voiced this
proposal during his meeting with Prime
Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov on Thursday.
"We are ready to grant agricultural
equipment, harvesters and grain carriers,
on lease for seven years. We would like
to create some preferential terms for
buying Belarusian machinery in Ukraine
and Ukrainian in Belarus," Semashko
05.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform
of agricultural companies working in Ukraine
estimated at USD 6.3 billion
As of the beginning of April, the market
price of public agricultural companies
working in Ukraine is estimated at USD
6.3 billion. This index is 10% less against
the start of September 2011 (USD 7.02
billion). However, the situation on the
securities market of agrarian companies
improves, because over recent four months
their capitalization grew by 26%. "Revival
of activity on stock markets regarding
the agrarian and food sector is a positive
signal for Ukrainian companies. It opens
possibilities for attraction of investments.
This is especially important under conditions,
when credit financial resources are rather
expensive and not accessible for everyone,"
President of the Ukrainian Agribusiness
Club Alex Lissitsa comments.
04.04.2012 Source: Ukrainian Agribusiness
Record crops require changes to grain
In recent years, the production of grain
for export in Ukraine has increased to
record levels, which requires certain
changes in the development of a system
for crop storage and transportation, Deputy
Minister of Agricultural Policy and Food
Serhiy Melnyk told on Tuesday. "Economic
efficiency of operating the elevator as
a commercial project is a key factor in
decision-making on building new facilities.
Given further development of the production
of grains and oilseeds, Ukraine needs
to build new high-tech elevators with
a total capacity of 15-20 million tonnes,"
the official said.
To date, Ukraine has enough port facilities
that are fully able to meet export requirements.
Moreover, the existing specialized terminal
facilities are even more excessive, especially
given the actual volume of transshipment
of grain in previous seasons and reduction
of transit grain processing, experts say.
In terms of the cheaper logistics component
of grain supplies, projects to restore
the functioning of the Dnieper water transport
unit are interesting. Now, as we know,
Nibulon is actively implementing the project
for grain delivery by the Dnieper, Melnyk
03.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform
to harvest 8-14 million tonnes of wheat
Wheat harvest in Ukraine in 2012 is expected
to reach 8-14 million tonnes. "The
gross harvest of grain crops this season
is expected at 45-50 million tonnes, including
8-14 million tonnes of wheat. The total
area under grain crops in 2012 is 15.3
million ha, of which 4 million ha are
spring crops," deputy head of the
department of economic development and
agricultural market at the Ministry of
Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine,
Serhiy Petrenko said.
03.04.2012 Source: urb.ua / Ukrinform
profits 52.3% up
The profit of agricultural enterprises
(except small ones) in 2011 amounted to
19.8 billion UAH against 13 billion UAH
in 2010 (increase by 52.3%). The level
of profitability was 25.8% against 20.7%
in the previous year. Income from agricultural
production and services in crop growing
and cattle breeding was received by 79%
of enterprises, when 21% suffered losses.
Crop production companies received profit
of 17 billion UAH with efficiency of 31.8%.
Livestock enterprises received profit
of UAH 2,484.1 million, the efficiency
In order to support agricultural production
in 2011, revenues of UAH 597.7 million
from direct budget subsidies and UAH 3,389.9
million from value added tax actually
came to the accounts of agricultural enterprises.
02.04.2012 Source: State Statistics Service
to be significantly raised in 5-7 years
A significant increase in cattle numbers
in Ukraine could be achieved in five to
seven years. Now there is every reason
for its annual increase by 200,000-300,000.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov
announced this at a meeting with public
organizations and experts in the field
of agriculture on Tuesday. He noted that
in order to increase cattle numbers, it
is necessary to support large commodity
production and small private farms. Cattle
numbers in Ukraine declined from 23.7
million to 4.7 million over the period
of its independence.
27.03.2012 Source: Ukrinform
veterinary control of products from EU
Ukraine strengthens veterinary-sanitary
control due to registration of Schmallenberg
disease, the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary
Service informs. The disease has been
considerably spread in Germany (800 cases),
France (244), Great Britain (174), The
Specialists note that scientifically grounded
data about the length of the incubation
period are absent for now. In addition,
it is difficult to reveal a virus in the
animals' blood. Currently, effective means
for treatment and immunologic prophylaxis
are not developed. Such a situation poses
threat for biological safety of cattle
breeding of Ukraine, since our country
has close trade relations with majority
of European countries, where the virus
was detected, the State Veterinary and
Phytosanitary Service emphasizes.
26.03.2012 Source: State Veterinary and
Phytosanitary Service / Ukrinform
Ukraine to diversify
dairy product export markets
The Ukrainian government will diversify
markets for dairy product exports, First
Deputy Prime Minister Valeriy Khoroshkovsky
said during the government hour at the
Verkhovna Rada on Friday. Traditionally,
he says, there are the markets of the
Commonwealth of Independent States, but
Ukraine is also actively negotiating with
Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Algeria,
Yemen, Laos and Montenegro. Ukraine is
also in talks about increasing the supply
of its products and the expediency of
concluding agreements on free trade with
Turkey, Serbia, Singapore, Israel and
23.03.2012 Source: Ukrinform
New grain harvest
enough both for domestic market and export
The grain harvest to be received this
year will provide both the domestic needs
of Ukraine and the volume of exports,
First Deputy Prime Minister Valeriy Khoroshkovsky
said during the government hours in parliament
23.03.2012 Source: Ukrinform
sector will play special role in attracting
Precisely agrarian sector plays a special
role in attracting investment funds in
Ukraine, and it needs immediate reform,
President of the US-Ukraine Business Council
Morgan Williams says. In the first place
it is necessary to adopt a law on land
privatization; second, it is necessary
to stop interventions in agricultural
exports; it is also necessary to improve
the system of value added tax for it not
to put up obstacles to businesses, the
expert said. The agricultural sector of
Ukraine is large enough to ensure that
all players would be able to work and
earn money; agrarian sector can bring
Ukraine out of the economic crisis, create
jobs and contribute to budget revenue,
Morgan Williams said, adding, the world
wants Ukraine's agrarian sector to develop.
22.03.2012 Source: Ukrinform
minister expects heavy crop of fruit despite
severe winter frosts
Despite the severe frosts in the Crimea
this winter, experts predict, in general,
a heavy crop of fruit and grapes, although
worse than last year, Valeriy Kravets,
Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of
the AR of Crimea, told reporters in Simferopol.
According to him, in the northern regions
of the peninsula the damage to fruit buds
of peach and apricot was up to 90%, sweet
cherries, pears and cherries - 86%, grapes,
except the southern coast of Crimea -
95%, apple trees, in some areas - up to
60%. Last year the Crimea harvested over
86,000 tonnes of fruits and berries, this
year's harvest will amount to 83,000 thousand
tonnes. The reduction in the crop of grapes
will be down to 68,000 tonnes compared
with 99,000 tonnes last year.
21.03.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Work on land
market law should be completed by 2013
The draft law on the land market requires
revision and explanation for population,
but this work must be completed at the
beginning of next year, Agrarian Policy
and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk
has said during a visit to Washington.
"Sociological poll and our, sociological
poll of the World Bank, say that still
people are not ready for introduction
of the land market," the Minister
noted. In his opinion, in this case, previous
negative experience of the industry privatization
plays its role and certain "fears"
that the land will be sold to foreigners
or withdrawn from land share owners. Since
the World Bank is also a participant in
the project on creation of the land cadastre
in Ukraine, which completes in June, the
Ukrainian delegation discussed advisability
of continuation of this project for another
year in Washington, as the minister emphasized,
not in order to increase financing, but
to accompany work until its successful
16.03.2012 Source: Ukrinform
Farmers to receive
300 million UAH for reseeding winter crops
Farmers will receive partial reimbursement
of costs on reseeding winter crops, First
Deputy Minister of Agricultural Policy
and Food Security of Ukraine Mykola Bezuhly
told a press conference at the Cabinet
of Ministers on Wednesday. "The government's
next meeting will decide on the allocation
of an additional of UAH 300 million to
partially offset the costs," Bezuhly
said. According to him, about 3 million
hectares need reseeding, the total spending
on which will amount to 3 billion UAH.
14.03.2012 Source: Ukrinform
2011 state financial
support for agriculture 1.5 times up
State financial support for Ukraine's
agricultural sector in 2011 amounted to
13.5 billion UAH, which is 1.5 times more
than in the previous year. Last year,
15 billion UAH of credit funds were also
drawn for the development of agriculture,
Minister of Agricultural Policy and Food
of Ukraine Mykola Prysiazhniuk said on
Tuesday at a press conference on the results
of two years of the current government's
work. "Harmonious cooperation with
national and commercial banks made it
possible to increase the volume of lending
to the agricultural sector," the
government member said.
14.03.2012 Source: Ukrinform
2012 grain harvest
forecast raised to 45.7 million tonnes
Analysts have increased Ukraine's grain
yield forecast for 2012 to 45.7 million
tonnes from the previously expected 42.6
million tonnes due to the corn harvest
forecast revision. Previously, the Ministry
of Agricultural Policy and Food predicted
that the country does not face a shortage
of grain, and in 2012 Ukraine will harvest
42-50 million tonnes of grain against
a record 56.7 million tonnes in 2011.
Ukraine consumes 26 million tonnes of
grain per season.
13.03.2012 Source: ProAgro / Ukrinform
to increase exports of barley to Saudi
Ukraine plans to increase exports of barley
to Saudi Arabia, Ukrainian Agricultural
Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk
told after a meeting of the Cabinet of
Ministers of Ukraine on Wednesday. He
noted that Ukraine was one of the largest
producers of barley, with Saudi Arabia
being one of its largest consumers. According
to the minister, 4 million tonnes of Ukrainian
grain was exported in the 2011 marketing
year. In the current marketing year, it
is planned to increase exports to 5 million
29.02.2012 Source: Ukrinform
to combat poor-quality agrochemicals conjointly
Ukraine and China will conjointly combat
the sale in the Ukrainian market of poor-quality
plant protection products (PPP). This
is an urgent task in the light of the
goal set to the Ukrainian farmers to increase
annual grain production to 80-100 million
tonnes. The relevant memorandum of cooperation
was signed last weekend in Beijing by
heads of the State Inspection for Plant
Protection of the Ministry of Agrarian
Policy and Food of Ukraine and the Institute
for the Control of Agrochemicals of China's
Ministry of Agriculture, Oleksandr Tokar
and Gu Baogen.
"Up to 40% of the pesticides, which
are supplied to Ukraine - this is China-made
products. Of these, about 20% make counterfeit,
which are either imported illegally, or
do not comply with quality certification,"
Tokar emphasized. He noted that some structures
declare themselves as Chinese manufacturers,
but in fact they are offshore companies.
According to inspectors, the number of
such suppliers is up to 50% of their total
number. For Ukraine it is very important
to obtain information from China about
who is the real producer of chemical products,
and who is involved in counterfeiting.
In Beijing the sides signed one more memorandum
- on cooperation between the Ukrainian
Association of Fumigation and Plant Protection
and the China Society for Plant Protection,
which is also designed to control the
coming of substandard products to the
Ukrainian market. As earlier reported,
Ukraine produces almost no pesticides,
buying them every year more and more.
For example, in 2011 they were purchased
at about USD 350 million.
27.02.2012 Source: Ukrinform
in Ukraine in 2012 may increase by 3-5%
compared with 2011, the chairman
of the board of directors of the Union
of Poultry Farmers of Ukraine, Oleksandr
Bakumenko, told reporters.
25.01.2012 Source: Ukrinform
with land reform
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych
has said that he is dissatisfied with
the slow pace of preparations for the
land reform in Ukraine. "We must
not forget that the ultimate goal of the
reform is not the delimitation of land,
especially on paper, and an increase in
the standards of budgetary calculations.
The purpose of the land reform is to ensure
the real right of land ownership and the
development on this basis of modern agricultural
production," Yanukovych said.
21.02.2012 Source: Ukrinform
revenues from agroindustrial complex reach
UAH 40.1 billion in 2011
Last year, a part of revenues to the state
budget from agroindustrial enterprises
increased to UAH 40.1 billion, director
of department for development of agrarian
markets at the Agrarian Policy and Food
Ministry Serhiy Kvasha has said. Gross
production of agricultural products in
Ukraine in 2011 made up UAH 118.1 billion,
incl. UAH 75.2 billion on plant growing.
13.02.2012 Source: Ukrinform
to increase use of mineral fertilizers
by 50% in next 5-7 years
Ukrainian farmers will increase the use
of mineral fertilizers by 50% in the next
five to seven years, Director General
of the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club Association
Volodymyr Lapa has predicted. The expert
stressed that in recent years, there has
been a trend towards an increase in the
use of mineral fertilizers. Another thing
is that the structure of the use of mineral
fertilizers is changing, in particular,
in the direction of such products as liquid
nitrogen, he added. Lapa said that theoretically,
domestic production can fully cover the
needs of domestic producers in terms of
nitrogen fertilizers, but in terms of
phosphorus and potassium fertilizers,
the situation is somewhat different. But
even in terms of nitrogen fertilizers,
imports are conducted, as a means of balancing
the market, he said.
10.02.2012 Source: Ukrinform
EBRD to finance renewal of agricultural
Agrarian Policy and Food Minister Mykola
Prysiazhniuk addressed President of the
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Thomas Mirow requesting to help the country
in renewal of the agricultural machinery
park. According to him, mainly obsolete
equipment hampers Ukraine to fully use
its agrarian potential, or its insufficient
number. "We lose about 7 million
tonnes of grain from each yield due to
this," the official noted.
The EBRD President assured that his bank
will further support joint with Ukraine
projects in the agrarian sphere. Mirow
expressed conviction that Ukraine will
be able to more efficiently use its export
potential. At the same time, he admitted
that for reaching this goal, Ukraine needs
to improve its technical base and logistic
possibilities. "We, in particular,
are jointly working to increase possibilities
of the Dnieper as a way for transportation
of goods," the EBRD President said.
20.01.2012 Source: Ukrinform
reduces in Ukraine
Cattle livestock in Ukraine reduced 2.5%
last year. Therefore, 2011 became the
22nd year in succession, which is characterized
by a negative dynamics of the cattle livestock
As of January 1, 2012, the State Statistics
Service in Ukraine counted 4.471 million
heads of cattle. Over 12 months of 2011
cow heads reduced by 1.6% to 2.588 million.
Like over previous years, in household
economies, which have up to 80% of all
cows, cow heads reduced quicker against
on average in the country. Over recent
five years, the number of cow heads at
household economies fell by over 25%.
In 2011, the pig stock reduced by 6.1%
to 7.478 million heads. Sheep and goat
population increased by 0.5% to 1.740
million heads. The number of poultry stock
over this period reduced by 2.1% to 199.510
18.01.2012 Source: Ukrinform
waits for Ukraine in cattle breeding
Thanks to investments of local businessmen,
Ukraine will soon refuse from import of
pork. A similar investment boom is expected
in the dairy sector. There was no such
a rapid growth in any sector in 2011as
was in pig breeding. In 2010 Ukrainian
enterprises exported only 610 tonnes of
pork and earned USD 2.7 million, whereas
over 10 months of 2011, exports made up
9,200 tonnes and earnings - USD 42 million.
Till now, national and foreign investors
ignored this sector of agriculture, preferring
plant growing and poultry breeding. A
considerable part of pork was produced
by private economies. However, either
the quality of their products or the volumes
which they could supply to the country's
processing enterprises, failed to meet
the economy needs.
Over recent four months of 2011, corporation
Agroprodservice, PJSC Kremenchukmiaso,
agroholding KSG Agro and others announced
about investments in pig breeding. Foreign
business is also ready to invest, but
still it is hampered by the absence of
the right to purchase the land for fodder
growing. However, even at the expense
of internal investments, First Vice Prime
Minister Andriy Kliuyev is convinced,
Ukraine could refuse from import of meat
and meat products over two years.
In 2012, a similar investment boom may
start in dairy cattle husbandry, because
the initial conditions are very similar.
80% of products were provided by small
economies and it was very difficult for
processing enterprises to find quality
milk with them.
05.01.2012 Source: Focus magazine / Ukrinform
agricultural machinery at UAH 3.2 billion
Ukrainian farmers purchased agricultural
machinery at UAH 3.2 billion in 2011.
Only during eight months of this year,
agricultural producers purchased over
10,000 units of agricultural machinery.
This considerably exceeds indexes of two
previous years over the same periods of
time, but fails to fully provide for the
needs of farmers, Agrarian Policy and
Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk has
said. According to him, the national agricultural
machinery building sector is able to annually
produce up to 300 units of grain harvesters
and about 5,000 tractors, which cannot
provide for the farmers' needs. A partial
coverage of deficit in high-tech machinery
and equipment, which are not produced
in Ukraine, is provided by imports.
"The state renders financial support
for the purchase of exclusively innovation
samples of the best world producers. The
ministry, jointly with leading scientific
establishments, has studied a list of
new agricultural machinery and equipment
made abroad, analogues of which are not
produced in Ukraine, to be purchased by
agricultural enterprises in 2011-2013,"
Mykola Prysiazhniuk noted. The draft state
budget 2012 provides for a partial compensation
of the cost of complicated agricultural
machinery made in Ukraine.
11.11 2011 Source: Ukrinform