Ukraine to sign FTA with Canada, Israel, Turkey and other countries
According to the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Alexey Pavlenko, Ukraine plans to sign the FTA with Canada, Israel, Turkey, Serbia, Vietnam. The Minister stated, the necessity of the free trade agreement signing is explained by the partial loss of the CIS countries markets. Besides there are other large-scale players of the agrarian market being interested in the cooperation with Ukraine. The ones are Albania, Egypt, Jordan, Korea Republic, Tunisia.
18.03.2015 Source: APK-Inform
Ukrainian agricultural exports to CIS fall 31% in 2014
Ukrainian exports of agricultural products to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries in 2014 fell by 31.1%. Last year the CIS countries received agricultural products worth USD 2.5 billion. At the same time, exports to Asia increased by 9.9% to USD 6.6 billion, the European Union - by 6.4% to USD 4.8 billion, Africa - by 0.5% to USD 2.5 billion.
The Ministry plans in the near future to sign free trade agreements with several countries, among which are Canada, Israel, Turkey, Serbia, and Vietnam.
According to the Ministry, total exports of agricultural products in 2014 were USD 17 billion compared to USD 17.3 billion in 2013. The foreign trade surplus was USD 10.6 billion.
18.03.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
As of March 1, grain stocks totaled 19.3 million tonnes,
As of March 1, 2015, agrarian companies, grain storage and processing enterprises of Ukraine stocked 19.3 million tonnes of grains (including 6.2 mln tonnes of wheat, 1.6 mln tonnes of barley, 10.7 mln tonnes of maize, 0.2 mln tonnes of rye), an increase of 22% compared with the same date in 2014.
Sunflower seed carry-over stocks totaled 3.6 million tonnes, down 25% compared with the same date in 2014.
17.03.2015 Source: State Statistics Service of Ukraine
In 2015 the technical crops planted areas to reach 7.7 million ha
The planted areas under the technical crops for the harvest-2015 in Ukraine may reach 7.7 mln ha. In particular, the sunflower planted areas are estimated at the level of 4.6 mln ha, soybeans - 1.8 mln ha, white beet - 300 thsd ha. According to the Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Yaroslav Krasnopolskiy, the mineral fertilizers in the current year have appreciated by almost three times.
17.03.2015 Source: APK-Inform
As of March 16, Ukraine planted early spring grains throughout 184 thsd ha
As of March 16, Ukrainian agrarians planted early spring grains and pulses throughout the areas of 184 thsd ha, or 8% of the plan. In particular, Ukraine planted spring wheat throughout 13 thsd ha (10%), spring barley - 135 thsd ha (7%), oats - 10 thsd ha (4%), peas - 25 thsd ha (16%). In addition, agrarians provided additional fertilizing of winter grains throughout 5.05 mln ha (63%), winter rapeseed - 614 thsd ha (69%). Mainly southern regions showed the highest shares of spring crops planted areas. So, Mykolaiv oblast planted crops throughout 32% of the forecasted areas, Odessa oblast - 25%, Kherson oblast - 22%.
16.03.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
Ukraine's agricultural sector expects USD 3 billion of investment
The agricultural sector of Ukraine may receive over USD 3 billion of investment in its development, Minister of Agriculture and Food Alex Pavlenko told reporters during the report presentation on 100 days of the government's activities. "According to estimates of the EBRD, roughly USD 3 billion of domestic and foreign investments are streamlined for agriculture that are available for investments within the framework of our deregulation," said the Minister.
13.03.2015 Source: Ukrinform
6.5 million ha of winter crops were in good and satisfactory condition
As of March 11, 2015, winter crops areas in Ukraine were in good and satisfactory condition throughout 6.5 mln ha (83%). Sprouts of winter crops appeared throughout 7.9 mln ha (99%), including 1.4 mln ha - in weak and thinned condition (17%). Nearly 102 thsd ha of the crop areas did not make sprouts at all.
13.03.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
Ukrainian agriculture moves to general VAT taxation from 2016
The memorandum on Economic and Financial Policies agreed by the Ukrainian government with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) envisages depriving the agricultural sector in Ukraine of the beneficial VAT taxation regime. "We recognize that agriculture has become one of the most profitable sectors of the Ukrainian economy. We will therefore bring the agriculture sector fully under the general VAT regime in line with international practice, effective January 2016," reads the memorandum signed by Ukraine and the IMF.
As reported, the coalition agreement foresaw tax benefits for farmers being retained until 2018. The beneficial regime allows farmers to accumulate VAT to use the money for development. Agrarian market players opposed the repeated initiatives of the state to cancel or change the beneficial VAT taxation regime, insisting that it is the only means of supporting the sector.
12.03.2015 Source: Interfax
In 2015 Ukrainian agrarians used up the quotas for the supply of agricultural commodities to the EU
In 2015 Ukrainian agrarians used up four quotas for the supply of agricultural commodities to the European Union. In particular, the list of closed export quotas includes maize (400 thsd tonnes), honey (5 thsd tonnes); and the quotas for supplying of apple and grape juices (10 thsd tonnes), and poultry meat (4 thsd tonnes) will be closed in the nearest future.
In April 2015 there is scheduled to hold the next meeting of EU-Ukraine Dialogue on agricultural issues, which will discuss the use of the autonomous trade preferences by Ukraine, and the possibility of starting the negotiation process for revision of some clauses of the future free trade zone with the EU.
12.03.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
Agricultural goods turnover with Netherlands should pass USD 1 billion mark in 2015
The trade volume in agricultural commodities between Ukraine and the Netherlands, which amounted to approximately USD 950 million last year, this year has to exceed USD 1 billion.
The Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Oleksiy Pavlenko told Lilianne Ploumen, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands during their meeting in the Netherlands on March 9, that the two countries had the potential to enhance cooperation and pass the symbolic one billion mark.
“Investments in the Ukrainian agricultural sector are a promising commitment. Ukraine can sustain 600 million people in terms of food, ranks the first in the world in the export of sunflower oil, holds the third position in rapeseed, the fourth in corn, the fifth in barley, the seventh in wheat, the eighth in soybeans, and the ninth in poultry,” the Minister added. The Minister invited Dutch farmers and investors to visit the International agro-industrial exhibition “AGRO-2015”, which would provide the opportunity to learn the investment prospects of the agricultural sector of Ukraine.
10.03.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
Ukraine to increase agricultural commodity exports to China
Ukraine continues realizing the existing contract for the supply of food to China and plans to increase agricultural commodity exports to the People`s Republic of China, The Ministry of Agrarian Policy is ready to offer a number of investment projects on infrastructure objects, elevators, irrigation system, working capital, etc. at the sum of USD 8 billion to the Chinese party. The working group of the Ministry will travel to China on March 14, to hold the reporting negotiations.
26.02.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
Canada, Israel provide CAD 19.3 mln to develop fruit and vegetables in Ukraine
Canada and Israel will finance a project to support Ukrainian small and medium-sized farms which grow fruit and vegetables in Odesa, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions.
"The budget amounts to CAD 19.325 million," Deputy Agricultural Policy and Food Minister for European integration Vladyslava Rutytska said while signing a memorandum on the provision of the funds. She said that the funds will be provided for seven years by the Canadian MEDA international economic development organization and Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation MASHAV.
Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk said that in the first year 1,000 farms will obtain financing, and a total of 30,000 farms will receive financing by the end of the project. "Thanks to the project our Ukrainian farmers obtain a chance to introduce modern technologies, market mechanisms, effective marketing and fruit and vegetable logistics system," Agricultural Policy and Food Minister Oleksiy Pavlenko said.
24.02.2015 Source: Interfax
Ukraine, Japan to deepen cooperation in agricultural sector
Ambassador of Japan [Shigeki Sumi] has expressed readiness to promote further investment cooperation between the states. Agrarian policy and food minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Pavlenko stressed readiness to expand trade and economic relations, in particular with respect to grain exports to the Japanese market. Oleksiy Pavlenko noted the development of elevator and port infrastructure in Ukraine and modernization of the irrigation system in the south among other promising areas for investment. He also mentioned the possibility of investment in livestock and fruit and vegetable products market.
23.02.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
Investment in poultry of Ukraine for 10 years will exceed USD 2.5 billion
Investment in poultry farming of Ukraine for the past 10 years will exceed USD 2.5 billion, which contributed to the reconstruction of plants for egg processing and construction of new poultry complexes, the executive director of the Association "Union of Poultry Breeders of Ukraine" told.
According to him, in 2014 Ukraine produced 1.2 million tonnes of poultry meat. The increase in domestic production of poultry meat had a positive impact on foreign trade. Last year, the export of this dietary product is 175 thousand tonnes, which is 30 thousand tonnes more than in the 2013.
21.02.2015 Source: UBR
Ukraine exports over 9 mln tonnes of wheat since July 1 – agriculture ministry
Ukrainian grain exports from July 1, 2014, when the current marketing year began, to February 17, 2015 came to almost 23.4 million tonnes, including 9.016 million tonnes of wheat. Barley exports totaled 3.8 million tonnes and maize totaled 10.33 million tonnes.
18.02.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
Ukraine and Islamic Republic of Iran agreed to develop cooperation in agricultural sector
Oleksiy Pavlenko, the Minister of Agriculture and Food of Ukraine, met Mohammad Beheshti Monfared, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Ukraine. Speaking about the current state of the bilateral cooperation in agriculture, Oleksiy Pavlenko noted, that the figures were good, but there is wide scope of spheres for closer cooperation for both export and imports between the two countries.
Mohammad Beheshti Monfared said that the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran considered the agricultural sector as a priority area of cooperation with Ukraine. The Iranian side also expressed interest in the lease of land in Ukraine. Oleksiy Pavlenko explained the current activities of the Government and the Ministry on approving the practice of long-term land lease (from 7 to 50 years). Currently, Iran is an active importer of Ukrainian grain. The Ambassador of Iran to Ukraine presented opportunities of supplying different fruits, dried fruits and nuts to Ukraine.
In order to intensify trade relations, the parties have agreed to hold a joint business forum for Ukrainian and Iranian entrepreneurs. The sides also exchanged invitations for official delegations. Oleksiy Pavlenko invited the Minister of Agriculture Jihad of Iran to visit the exhibition “AGRO 2015” to be held in June 2015 in Kyiv.
13.02.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
Austrians want to invest EUR 400 million euros in small and medium agribusiness in Ukraine
The Austrian company is ready to invest EUR 400 million in the development of Ukrainian small and medium agribusiness. For this project Austrians intend to create in Ukraine a fund that will work directly with farmers. Each of the Ukrainian companies that will collaborate with the Fund will be able to get up to EUR 20 million for the development of the business.
The company will begin implementing the above-mentioned project once Ukraine prepares an appropriate legislative environment. In particular, family farms will be legislatively allowed to receive the status of legal persons.
According to the State Statistics Service, as of 1 November 2014 in Ukraine, there were 39.4 thousand. farmers.
12.02.2015 Source: UNIAN
Monsanto to invest nearly USD 140 million in maize seeds production
The company Monsanto confirms its plans to invest in expansion of agricultural crops production in Ukraine, including construction of the plant for production of maize seeds of conventional selection. At the first stage, the company intends to invest nearly USD 140 million in the project. According to Vitaly Fedchuk, Director of Monsanto Ukraine on Corporate Affairs and Public Relations, Monsanto has already begun investing in the purchase of agricultural technical equipment for treatment of crop hybridization areas, as well as installation of irrigation systems (through lending of its partners). V.Fedchuk reported that the plant will produce maize seeds under the brand DEKALB for the Ukrainian market, and complement the production, which Monsanto realizes together with its Ukrainian partners to date.
12.02.2015 Source: APK-Inform
In 2014/15 MY Ukraine to keep the world leadership in sunflower oil production and exports
According to the January estimations of the USDA, in 2014/15 MY the world production and exports of sunflower oil will reduce. Thus, the production of sunflower oil in the world will total 15.3 million tonnes, down 495 thsd tonnes (or 3%) compared with the previous season. The export supplies of sunflower oil will reduce by 481 thsd tonnes or down 7% compared with last season - to 6.7 million tonnes.
At the same time, the share of Ukraine in the world production of sunflower oil will remain almost unchanged - 28% or 4.3 million tonnes, and the exports will increase to 3.7 million tonnes, or 56% of the general world trade, against 54% in 2013/14 MY. Such indices will allow to Ukraine to keep the first position in the rating of world producers and exporters of the reporting commodity.
10.02.2015 Source: APK-Inform
Ukrainian agrarians to reduce application of mineral fertilizers
In 2015 nearly 45% of Ukrainian agrarians will be forced to save their resources during the spring field works in the current year. In particular, 26% of the respondents plan to reduce the applied volumes of fertilizers, 58% of them will reduce the applied volumes by 10-20%, 31% - down 21-35%, and 10% - down over 35%. It should be noted that during six recent months, the price of mineral fertilizers in Ukraine increased by 35-100%. In addition, to date the domestic market faces some deficit of ammonium nitrate and fertilizers of phosphoric group.
Taking into account the continuing UAH devaluation and the decline of world prices for a number of agricultural crops, analysts expect for the further rise of prices for mineral fertilizers and reduction of its application volumes. Thus, in 2015 the general consumption of fertilizers in Ukraine will not exceed 1.34 million tonnes of nutritive efficiency. At the same time, there is expected to increase consumption of carbamide, reduction of nitrogen fertilizers consumption, and a significant reduction of phosphate fertilizers consumption.
09.02.2015 Source: APK-Inform
Ukraine to increase agricultural exports to the EU - Ministry of Agrarian Policy
Ukraine is ready to increase the volume of agricultural commodities exports to the European Union. To date the Ukrainian officials together with the European Union have to organize the work of expert groups and take into account all possible external and internal risks of cooperation, said the Minister. In 2015 the export volumes of agricultural products from Ukraine to the European Union may increase.
04.02.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
Cargill, ADM and John Deere to increase investments in the agricultural sector of Ukraine
The US company Cargill, the international agribusiness corporation ADM and the engineering company John Deere will invest in the Ukrainian economy, subject to conducting of new reforms in the country, announced Geoffrey R. Pyatt, United States Ambassador to Ukraine. According to him, the companies are willing to work in Ukraine, and are ready to do more if the business environment is more favorable. Also, he added that Ukraine needs to conduct new reforms to fight corruption, and reform the energy sector of economy, which according to him, have unjustified subsidies. Such changes will attract rather large number of US investors to the country.
04.02.2015 Source: APK-Inform
Fertilizer production in Ukraine in 2014 decreased by 25-30%
According to official statistics in Ukraine production of anhydrous ammonia in 2014 decreased by 29.5% in comparison to 2013 year, urea production decreased by 26.4%, the production of ammonium sulfate fell by 30.7%, production of ammonium nitrate fell by 26.7%. The production of other nitrogen fertilizers, and mixtures thereof, decreased the least, by 7.5%.
30.01.2015 Source: State Statistics Service
Ukraine produces 3% of the world grain harvest and over 10% of the world exports
According to the January estimations of the USDA, in 2014 the general world production of grains totaled 1.996 billion tonnes, including 62.3 million tonnes (3.1%) produced in Ukraine. The share of Ukraine in the global production continued showing systematic upward trend. For example, in 2010 the share of Ukrainian grains in the world production volume totaled 2.2% (38.3 million tonnes from 1748.5 million tonnes).
Also, the export rates of Ukrainian grains developed quite rapidly. The USDA estimated the export potential of Ukrainian grain market in the current season at 31.7 million tonnes, or 10.3% of the world exports (307.3 million tonnes). In 2012/13 MY the share of Ukrainian grains in the world exports totaled 8.5%, and in 2013/14 MY - 9.9%. According to many experts, Ukraine has the key role in supplying the world grain market, as the potential of grain production in the country is only half used, and the domestic consumption remains at relatively stable level, which allows increasing the export volumes.
27.01.2015 Source: APK-Inform
Agriculture Ministry has no plans to restrict grain exports
Ukraine's Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food does not intend to impose any restrictions on grain exports in the near future. "I heard about it for the first time. We have a basic memorandum that every year we sign with associations. We look at balances, coordinate reserves. Nobody limits anything," Minister Oleksiy Pavlenko told. According to the Ministry, grain exports from Ukraine since the beginning of the current marketing year (July-June) and as of January 20, 2015 amounted to 20.76 million tonnes, including 8.5 million tonnes of wheat, nearly 8.3 million tonnes of maize, and 3.75 million tonnes of barley.
23.01.2015 Source: Interfax
Ukraine: in 2014 sunflower oil production totaled 4.226 million tonnes
In 2014 the production volumes of crude sunflower oil in Ukraine totaled 4.226 million tonnes, an increase of 26.7% compared with the same period in 2013.
20.01.2015 Source: State Statistics Service
Ukraine appealed to the EU to increase the quotas for agricultural products supply
Oleksiy Pavlenko, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, had a meeting with Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, on the opportunity to increase the quotas for Ukrainian agricultural products supply. O.Pavlenko appealed to the Commissioner asking for a possible increase of the quota volumes or even complete cancellation of the quotas for Ukrainian agricultural commodities. According to him, the Ukrainian party has developed a number of priority laws to ensure the food products quality and harmonization of the Ukrainian legislation to the EU requirements. The Ministry plans to adopt the required laws in the sphere of sanitary and phytosanitary control, to use the tariff quotas and free trade regime between Ukraine and the EU.
20.01.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
Ukraine to use the US experience of maize processing
Ukraine will use the experience of the USA in maize processing, in particular for the production of bioethanol and animal feed, declared Vladimir Klimenko, President of the Ukrainian Grain Association. According to him, in Iowa at the plants of maize cobs and stalks processing the output of ethanol totals 40%, animal feed - 40%, by-products used for the perfumery industry - 10%, medicine - 10%. Also, Ukraine requires the similar deep processing technologies. He informed that the USA produces 75% of maize and 95% of soybeans using GMOs. According to the US scientists, GMOs are necessary to ensure the global food security. V.Klimenko added that Ukraine may use the US experience in cultivation of drought-resistant varieties of maize and soybeans to increase the yield indices. However, the EU has quite restrained relation to GM crops and therefore the issue of GMOs in Ukraine remains important and relevant.
19.01.2015 Source: Ukrainian Grain Association
In 2014 grains general production increased by 2.4%
In Ukraine in 2014 the general production of grains (excluding Autonomous Republic of Crimea) totaled 63 million tonnes, up 2.4% compared with the rate of 2013. Thus, in 2014 wheat harvest reached 24.1 million tonnes (up 9.9%), barley - 9.04 million tonnes (up 23%), and corn 28.45 million tonnes (down 7.8%).
16.01.2015 Source: State Statistic Service
Ukraine planning to begin meat and dairy food exports to the EU in 2015
Ukraine is planning to begin exporting beef, pork and dairy products to European Union markets in 2015, said Agrarian Policy and Food Minister Olexiy Pavlenko. “We want to open them for beef, pork and dairy foods as soon as 2015. We are working very fruitfully in the fields of legislation, food safety exactly for opening these markets,” he said. The minister added that talks are still under way with China and Asian countries about exporting Ukrainian produce to these destinations.
14.01.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine