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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.
21.12.2012 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

Harvesting campaign in Ukraine kicks off earlier due to high temperatures
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

Ukrainian scientists 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 Testing.
25.06.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Over 60 million tonnes of grain will be supplied to market this year
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

Agricultural 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 of Ukraine

Agriculture 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 industry.
18.06.2012 Source: Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine

Nearly 100 Ukrainian farms to attend trainings to gain European agribusiness experience
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 imported
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

Ukraine, China sign framework agreement on cooperation in agriculture
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, etc.
25.05.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Agricultural trade with China may increase to USD 1 billion
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

Spring grains, 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

Tax revenue from farmers to increase 10.7% to 45 billion UAH
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

Ukrainian agricultural 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 revenues.
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

Ukraine exports 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 tons.
10.05.2012 Source: Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation

Spring crops 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 farmers' livestock.
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

Grain exports to keep at 2-2.2 million tons in May, June
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

Record soybean 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

Agriculture most promising investment resource in Ukraine
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

Mechanism of 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

Ukrainian farmers 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 / Ukrinform

Turkish businesses interested in investing in the Crimean agriculture
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

Agriculture Ministry to regulate prices for agricultural products
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 said.
18.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine and 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 technologies.
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 mln USD).
17.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Agrifood sector 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 tonnes.
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 forecasts.
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 and Nibulon.
13.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Grain exports 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 million tonnes.
13.04.2012 Source: Grain Ukraine

The filling of the State Land Cadastre will be completed by 2020
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

Electronic trading 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 one month.
13.04.2012 Source: Crimean Council of Ministers

Ukrainian geneticists 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 year
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 294 projects.
09.04.2012 Source: Newspaper Delo / Ukrinform

CIS to develop uniform methodology for accounting farm produce
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

Agricultural 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 on Thursday.
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 forecasts.
05.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Belarus offers 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 said.
05.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Market price 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 Club

Record crops require changes to grain storage system

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 underscored.
03.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine plans to harvest 8-14 million tonnes of wheat in 2012
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

Agricultural 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 was 12.3%.
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 / Ukrinform

Cattle numbers 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

Ukraine strengthens 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 Netherlands (178).
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 Morocco.
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 on Friday.
23.03.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Agricultural sector will play special role in attracting investment
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

Crimean agriculture 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 completion.
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

Ukraine plans to increase exports of barley to Saudi Arabia
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 tonnes.
29.02.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine, China 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

Poultry production 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

Yanukovych unhappy 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

State budget 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

Ukrainian farmers 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

Ukraine asks EBRD to finance renewal of agricultural machinery
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

Cattle livestock 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 growth.
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 million heads.
18.01.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Investment boom 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

Farmers purchased agricultural machinery at UAH 3.2 billion in 2011
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



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