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UKRAINE: Agriculture news 2015-2016

 
 

Bayer crop products sales steady in Ukraine at USD 100 million in 2015
The Bayer international chemical and pharmaceutical concern sold USD 100 million more in crop planting sector goods last year than in 2014. “Bayer’s total sales in Ukraine last year exceeded EUR 283 million. Sales of goods in the crop planting sphere – EUR 100 million,” Head of Bayer Crop Science in Northern Black Sea Countries Andreas Loechel told reporters on Monday. Bayer, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Raiffeisen Bank Aval on March 14 announced the start of a new partner financing program. The program helps agricultural companies and farmers by providing low-cost harvest planning and financing.
Bayer has been operating in Ukraine since 1992 and focuses on health care, agriculture, and high-tech materials. It is a large supplier of plant protection agents (pesticides, herbicides and fungicides).
16.03.2016 Source: Interfax

Iran is ready to attract investments to Ukraine and found joint agricultural ventures
Representatives of the Iranian official delegation declared determination to found joint ventures and attract investments to the agro-industrial complex of Ukraine, informed the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Oleksiy Pavlenko on March 10, while commenting on the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Ukraine and Iran. Ukraine is interested in expanding the range of agricultural products for exports to Iran, including grains, vegetable oils, animal products, live cattle, sugar and confectionery, fruit and vegetables.
16.03.2016 Source: APK-Inform

Agriculture Ministry preparing pilot project to sell 10,000 ha of farmland in 2016
Ukraine’s Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food is preparing a pilot project to sell 10,000 hectares of agricultural land in 2016. Minister Oleksiy Pavlenko noted that to realize the project it is necessary to complete the formation of the cadaster and adopt necessary laws. As reported, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk considers it necessary in the framework of the land reform to sell at public auctions one million hectares of land being in state ownership. At the same time, the prime minister did not specify whether he was referring to agricultural land, on the sale of which Ukraine each year extends a moratorium. The moratorium on the sale or alienation of agricultural land in Ukraine in December 2015 was extended until January 1, 2017.
11.03.2016 Source: Interfax

Agriculture Ministry expects that grain exports to hit record of 37 million tonnes in 2015/15 MY
The Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry of Ukraine expects that grain exports in the 2015/16 agricultural year (July-June) will expand to 37 million tonnes. A year ago grain exports hit a record of 35 million tonnes.
11.03.2016 Source: Interfax

MHP to launch poultry plant in Netherlands
Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP) in a month will launch a factory for poultry processing and production in the Netherlands. As reported, with reference to MHP chairman Yuriy Kosiuk, the holding planned by 2015 to complete negotiations on the acquisition of meat assets in the European Union. The agricultural holding plans by the end of 2016 to expand the land bank by at least 50,000 ha. As of the end of 2015 it amounted to 370,000 ha. MHP is the largest poultry producer in Ukraine. It also deals with production of grain, sunflower oil, and meat.
11.03.2016 Source: Interfax

Danone with partners plans to bring number of family dairy farms in Ukraine to 206
Danone, a large dairy producer in Ukraine, jointly with partners, plans to boost the number of family dairy farms in the country to 206 by late June 2017, Director of the purchase department at Danone Iryna Kukhtina said in Kyiv last week. Sie said that the total volume of the cooperative and family farm development project financing in the period from 2010 to 2017 would be EUR 6.5 million. At present, the third phase of the project focused on the creation of the large number of family farms with 10-20 cows is being realized. Farmers that are taking part in the project reconstruct their cow farms or build a new one for some 10 cows using own money, while equipment (milking, cooling equipment, drinking, lighting and ventilation systems) are provided as part of the project.
In June 2015, USAID has joined the project, and the project was extended to one year. “We planned to open 96 farms in the third phase of the project, but when USAID joined the project, it was extended for one year, and its value grew by EUR 1.4 million. This includes the money of the Canadian government, our partner,” Kukhtina said. Danone is realizing the project to develop family dairy farms and cooperatives in Ukraine jointly with International Charitable Organization Community Wellbeing with support of Danone Ecosystem Fund and the Canadian government, USAID via Dnipropetrovsk Agricultural Advisory Service LLC.
09.03.2016 Source: Interfax

Chervona Zirka plans to boost sales by 25% in 2016
Public joint-stock company Chervona Zirka, a large agricultural machinery manufacturer in Ukraine, part of Elvorti Group, plans to boost production and sales by 25% in 2016. In 2015 its sales grew by 71%, to UAH 654.81 million, and in units sales rose by 13.2% or 550 units, to 4,717. The share of exports of total sales in 2015 reached 55.9% compared to 64.9% in 2014, while supplies to the European Union market, particularly, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, rose by 40%. Capital investment in the form of own funds almost doubled, to UAH 140.4 million. Equipment worth UAH 20.4 million was bought.
Chervona Zirka started production of Elex 81A excavator last year and this year it is planned to boost production of sowing machines Vega-16, pneumatic sowing machines Orion and Alcor. It is planned to bring machines designed for the requirements of European farmers to the EU market, in particular, universal pneumatic sowing machines Vesta-6, sowing machines Vega-6 and Astra-3 grain seeder.
04.03.2016 Source: Interfax

Early spring crops sowed on 45,000 ha in Ukraine
Taking into account good weather conditions, sowing of early spring crops has been started in three regions of Ukraine and 45,000 ha has been sowed or 2% of the target. Agricultural Policy and Food Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Pavlenko said that spring barley was sowed on 34,000 ha or 2% of the target, oats on 11,300 ha (6%) and peas on 10,000 ha (6%).
According to tentative data from the regions, it is planned to sow crops for the 2016 harvest at the level of 2015 – 26.7 million ha.
03.03.2016 Source: Interfax

APK-Invest sees UAH 65.34 million in net profit in 2015
Private joint-stock company APK-Invest (Donetsk region), one of the largest pork producers in Ukraine, saw UAH 65.34 million in net profit in 2015 compared to net loss of UAH 109.92 million a year ago. APK-Invest increased pork production by 7% in 2015, to 42,000 tonnes of cooled pork.
APK-Invest is a vertically integrated agro-industrial company with a complete closed cycle of production of chilled pork from growing grain and animal feed production to production and sale of meat goods.
03.03.2016 Source: Interfax

Cargill to invest USD 100 million in construction of a grain terminal in the port Yuzhny
Cargill signed an investment agreement on construction of the grain terminal with M.B. Cargo, which operates in the Sea Commercial Port Yuzhny (Odessa oblast). The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk noted that Cargill Incorporated decided to invest USD 100 million in the construction of a new grain terminal at the Yuzhny port that such grain terminal could actually become one of the largest hubs in Ukraine.
01.03.2016 Source: APK-Inform

Kernel sees 2.7 times rise in net profit in Q2 FY2016
Kernel, one of the largest Ukrainian agrarian groups, saw a rise of 2.7 times in net profit in Q2 of FY2016 started in July 2015, to USD 117.75 million. Revenue from sunflower oil sold in bulk rose by 11%, to USD 316 million, from bottled sunflower oil fell by 12%, to USD 34 million, grain – by 17%, to USD 258.5 million, it grew by 12% from export terminal services, to USD 12.4 million and fell by 9% from silo services, to USD 22.7 million.
Kernel is a vertically integrated company which has been operating in the Ukrainian agribusiness sector since 1994. The group produces sugar and sunflower oil, distributes bottled oil under the brand names Schedry Dar, Stozhar and Chumak Zolota, exports oil and grain, and provides elevator storage services for grain and oilseeds.
29.02.2016 Source: Interfax

Ukraine started its sowing campaign
Some farms in Nikolayev, Odessa and Kherson regions began the early-spring crops sowing campaign. Thus, in Odessa region 7.9 thsd ha had already been seeded out of the planned 165 thsd ha. In Kherson region – 6.3 thsd ha (177.3 thsd ha), in Nikolayev 3.9 thsd ha (163.3 thsd ha).
29.02.2016 Source: UkrAgroConsult

Capital investments in agriculture increased by 27.1%
 “Throughout the year 2015, the volumes of capital investments in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries have amounted to 27.9 billion UAH, 27,1% more than in the previous year, and this trend occurred at the background of general decrease of capital investments in the country’s economy by 1,7% and specifically, in the industry by 20%”, the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Oleksiy Pavlenko reported.
26.02.2016 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Ukraine: in 2015, investments in agriculture totaled nearly 1 bln USD
In 2015, investments in the agricultural industry of Ukraine totaled nearly 1 bln USD, while in the current year the index will increase to 2 bln USD, declared the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Oleksiy Pavlenko. He reminded that Ukraine has already signed the agreement with the European Investment Bank on raising of 10 bln UAH of loan funds for agrarians. "We are working hard to raise investments in restoration of the irrigation system in the south of Ukraine", the Minister said, adding that realization of the irrigation project in five southern oblasts of Ukraine is strategically important. Investments in the growth of competition level will become a guarantee for the further development of the agricultural sector.
24.02.2016 Source: APK-Inform

Ukraine earned USD 11 billion from exports of agricultural products
"The total amount of funds from export of Ukrainian agricultural products makes up about USD 11 billion. This means inflow of foreign currency into the country and financial stabilization within the country", said Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Tuesday, February 16, at the Parliament during the Government's report on its activities for 2015. He stressed that the previous year Ukraine had demonstrated record export volumes - 35 million tons of grain - and became third in export of grain crops in the world. Ukraine ranks first in the world in oil and honey, third - in grain exports. New markets for the Ukrainian commodity items are the EU, Israel, Saudi Arabia and China, he stressed, noting record volumes of exports to China this year.
22.02.2016 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Ukraine. Ministry of Agrarian Policy predicts grain exports at the level of 37 MMT
According to the forecast of Ministry of Agrarian Policy,  grain exports from Ukraine in 2015/16 MY will reach 37 MMT compared to 36 MMT predicted earlier. As a reminder, according to the State Statistics Committee, the total crop of grain and leguminous crops in Ukraine amounted to 59,96 MMT in 2015 that is 6.1% lower than in 2014.
15.02.2016 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

In 2015, the share of Ukraine in the global exports of sunflower oil totaled 57%
In 2015, Ukraine exported 3.9 mln tonnes of sunflower oil, which covered 57% of the world trading with the reporting product, declared the General Director of the association Ukroliyaprom, Stepan Kapshuk. He recalled that last year, the production volumes of sunflower oil in Ukraine reached 4 mln tonnes. The industry still remains highly investment-attractive one. The oilseed processing capacities continue growing and reached 16.5 mln tonnes by the end of 2015, which allows processing the whole volumes of sunflower seed produced in Ukraine, said S.Kapshuk.
10.02.2016 Source: Ukroliyaprom

In 2015, Ukraine increased agricultural products exports to Asia, Africa and the EU
According to the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Oleksiy Pavlenko, the TOP-5 countries with the largest share of agricutlural commodities trade with Ukraine includes China - 7.2% (1.3 bln USD), India - 6.5% (1.2 bln USD), Egypt - 5 7% (1 bln USD), Turkey - 5.3% (993.4 mln USD), and Spain - 5.3% (987.2 mln USD). Generally, in 2015 the general sum of foreign trade turnover with agricultural products in Ukraine totaled 18.5 bln USD, including the exports - 14.8 bln USD, imports - 3.7 bln USD. According to O.Pavlenko, 2015 brought new records: rapid growth of agricultural commodities exports to Asia, new sales markets, favorable foreign trade balance, and new prospects and directions of development.
08.02.2016 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Saudi investors intend to invest USD 10 bln in Ukrainian agriculture
The businessmen from Saudi Arabia are expected to invest USD 10.5 billion in the Ukrainian agricultural sector. Such a statement was made after the talks between Ukrainian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Vadym Vakhrushev and 25 local businessmen. This decision is linked to stop of wheat cultivation in Saudi Arabia and the reorientation of investment in agriculture overseas. The decision will come into force in three years.
06.02.2016 Source: Ukriniform

Lozova Machinery plans to start bulk production of harvester trailers jointly with Britain’s Larrington Trailers
Lozova Machinery, the agricultural machinery brand manufactured at Lozova Forging-Mechanical Plant (Kharkiv region), plans to start bulk production of the Harvester trailer with a dump body as part of joint production created with one of the leading manufacturers of trailer for farmers in Britain Larrington Trailers. The press service of the UPEC Group, which incorporates Lozova Forging-Mechanical Plant, reported that the two-axle trailer with a carrying capacity of 18 tonnes will transport and unload grain, edible roots, ensilage and other cargos. The trailers can be used with 150 hp and more powerful tractors. The Harvester will be the first in the line of trailers which production will start in Ukraine in the future. The first sample made in Ukraine will be exhibited at the Grain Tech Expo 2016 in Kyiv on February 10.
05.02.2016 Source: Interfax

Agricultural companies invest billions of hryvnias in development of facilities at Ukrainian seaports in 2015
Some agricultural companies invested billions of hryvnias in the development of facilities at Ukrainian seaports in 2015, according to a report of the Cabinet of Ministers published on its website.
Noble Agri (China) used around UAH 500 million to realize a project on building a grain terminal in the rear part of berths 1 and 2 at Mykolaiv seaport.
Bunge (the U.S.) invested around UAH 1.7 billion in construction of a modern grain terminal and a seed crushing plant in the rear parts of berths 13 and 14 of Mykolaiv seaport.
Brooklyn-Kyiv LLC (Louis Dreifus, France) is building a grain terminal in the rear part of berth one of Odesa seaport. The Ukrainian Sea Port Authority is implementing a project on construction of berth 1-z for general cargos. Brooklyn-Kyiv raised $60 million from the EBRD to create the grain complex with an annual capacity of 4.5 million tonnes.
HPC Ukraine (Germany) is the operator of a container terminal on the Quarantine Mole of Odesa seaport and the investor in its expansion. Total investment in the project is UAH 5.18 billion. The construction will be finished in 2018. At present, the readiness of the project is 61.5% and UAH 3.192 billion has been used.
In 2015, state-run enterprises managed by the Infrastructure Ministry of Ukraine and companies investors signed several memorandums of intent. On July 19, 2015, a memorandum of intent was signed between Illilchivsk Maritime Merchandise Port and Soufflet Negoce S. A. The memo envisages investment in construction of a new terminal on one of the port’s berths. Total investment will be up to $100 million. On August 13, 2015, a trilateral memo of cooperation between the Ukrainian Sea Port Authority, MV Cargo LLC and AT Cargill on the joint realization of affiliated projects on building a grain handling terminal with berth 25 and the creation of a working water area near the berth 16 meters deep. Total investment is planned at some $130 million. Then the memorandum of intent was signed between Oktiabrsk Sea Port and public joint-stock company ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih. The document announces joint actions and development of cooperation in the sea transport and metal exports area.
04.02.2016 Source: Interfax

Ukraine, Canada to sign FTA agreement this year
In 2016, Ukraine and Canada will finally sign an agreement on free trade area between two countries. Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk told reporters after a meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion in Kyiv. "We have decided that this agreement [on FTA] has to be finally signed this year and sent to national parliaments for ratification", he said.
01.02.2016 Source: Ukrinform

Government support is a key to success of Ukrainian livestock sector
The livestock breeding has great potential in Ukraine due to favorable climate conditions, land, and human resources. The potential would be unlocked through an effective mechanism of the Government’s support, Oleksii Pavlenko stressed. Government’s support of livestock breeding implies a range of activities and measures. In particular, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy has developed a number of projects aimed at cattle breeders’ support. Also the new Tax Code provides great support for the livestock industry. Producers of milk and livestock have received the biggest grace term for the transition to the general VAT taxation system – they may keep up to 80% VAT on their private accounts, and only 20% must be transferred to the State Budget. Manufacturers of the other livestock products would have to divide the VAT funds in the proportion of 50 to 50”, the Minister stressed.
According to the Minister, the signing of an agreement with the European Bank on the investments in the amount of €400 million to the agrarian sphere would be a significant impetus for the livestock development. These funds are long and cheap credit money and they are designed to address a number of projects including those supporting the livestock industry.
28.01.2016  Source: The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

In 2015, the general grains production of Ukraine totaled 60 mln tonnes
According to preliminary data, in 2015 in Ukraine the general production of grains and pulses (excluding the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) totaled 59.96 mln tonnes, down 6.1% compared with the index in 2014, declared the State Statistic Service of Ukraine. Such reduction of the harvest is caused by the drought lowering the corn production by 5.28 mln tonnes compared with 2014 (down 18.5%) - to 23.217 mln tonnes. At the same time, wheat harvest reached 26.491 mln tonnes (up 9.9%, 2.37 mln tonnes), due to increasing of the planted areas to 6.833 mln ha (up 13.7%), and despite declining of the yield by 0.13 t/ha - to 3.88 t/ha. Generally, the average yield of grains and pulses decreased by 0.27 t/ha - to 4.1 t/ha, and the harvested areas decreased by 13 thsd ha (down 0.1%) and totaled 14.614 mln ha. In addition, in 2015 the sunflower harvest volumes totaled 11.165 mln tonnes in clean weight (up 10.2%).
27.01.2016 Source: State Statistic Service

Bioethanol production is key direction for 2016
“Bioethanol production should become a key direction for us in 2016. However, biogas and bioethanol production requires improvement of the national legislation”, Oleksii Pavlenko, the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine. The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine is very actively involved in the preparation and support of the relevant bills which provide for a number of adjustments: the improvement of the legislative framework for the “Green Tariff” for electricity produced of biogas and biomass in 2015, the simplification of the licensing system, for instance, the cancellation of licensing on the manufacturing of biogas and liquid bio-fuels, and the implementation of joint projects of production and export of bioethanol raw materials and bio-fuels. The Minister stressed that Ukraine is currently on its way to sustainable energy independence. “Moreover, we have good prospects for bioethanol production, and the agricultural sector is an inexhaustible source for it. For example, the processing of 10 million tons of corn may produce more than 4 million tons of bioethanol”, Oleksii Pavlenko stressed.
25.01.2016  Source: The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Milk production in Ukraine in 2015 amounted to 10.7 mln.t.
According to the State Statistics Service, production of milk in Ukraine in 2015 decreased by 4% compared with the previous year and amounted to nearly 10.7 mln.t. Despite the difficult economic and political situation in the country, agricultural enterprises even managed to increase milk production by 0.8% to 2.67 mln.t, this means that volumes of production were decreased mainly by private households. The number of cows on private farms during the year declined by nearly 4% to 1.67 mln. heads.
18.01.2016 Source: State Statistics Service

Ukraine may obtain about USD 2 billion in investment for irrigation project
Minister of agriculture and food Oleksiy Pavlenko hopes to get about two billion U.S. dollars of investment in 2016. The funds will be used mostly to upgrade irrigation systems in southern Ukraine. "In 2016- 2017 we expect to raise $1.5-2 billion in investments. The estimated effect of the project – irrigation of almost 500,000 hectares of farmland," said Pavlenko.
18.01.2016 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine is interested in German experience in reforming agrarian industry
“Ukraine pays special attention to the development of mutually beneficial cooperation in agriculture, particularly in the aspect of deepening trade and economic relations”, Oleksii Pavlenko, the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, stated during a meeting with Christian Schmidt, the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture of Germany, held in the framework of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin. The Minister noted that the main aspects of the bilateral cooperation covered seed production, bioenergy, and veterinary issues.
According to O. Pavlenko, for 11 months of 2015, the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to USD 473.9 million, including the export of Ukraine in the amount of USD 169,4 million. The major exported items included cereals – USD 62.4 million, natural honey – USD 24.2 million, meat and meat products – USD 15.9 million. The share of import amounted to $304.5 million. The major import items included – other food products (USD 62.5 million), tobacco and tobacco products (USD 28.7 million), meat (USD 20.6 million). The Minister also noted the importance of the project “German-Ukrainian Agro-Political Dialogue” in Ukraine, extended for another 3 years term (2016 – 2019). The project supports Ukraine in the development of sustainable agriculture, efficient processing industry and increased international competitiveness in accordance with the principles of the market and regulatory policies.
16.01.2016 Source: The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Agricultural trade turnover between Ukraine, Egypt reaches nearly a billion dollars
Agrarian Policy Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Pavlenko and Agrarian Policy Minister of Egypt Essam Osman Fayed discussed further ways to enhance cooperation in the agriculture field. The meeting was held within the framework of the Green Week agricultural fair. "Ukraine is ready to establish a regular supply of agricultural products to Egypt, primarily of grain, livestock products, oils, confectionery and dairy products," Pavlenko said. He said that in 11 months of 2015 the trade turnover in agricultural products between the two countries amounted to USD 941.9 million, the Ukraine's exports reached USD 908.2 million while import made up USD 33.8 million.
15.01.2016 Source: Ukrinform

Last year purchase prices for cattle increased by 52%
According to UCAB research, in 2015 prices for cattle in Ukraine increased by 52%. Average purchase prices for bulls accounted for 30,15 UAH/kg (including VAT), and for cows of above medium fatness – 26,60 UAH/kg (including VAT). Purchase prices for cattle reached maximum in July, when the bulls were sold for 30,00-35,00 UAH/kg, and cows of above medium fatness - for 27,00-31,00 UAH/kg. Inflation and devaluation processes, as well as increasing demand for live cattle for exports where the main reasons for increase of prices for cattle last year.
12.01.2016 Source: UCAB

Ukraine exported over 29 mln tonnes of grains
Since the beginning of 2014/15 MY, and as of April 30, Ukraine exported 29.265 mln tonnes of grains. In particular, wheat exports totaled 10.069 mln tonnes, barley – 4.34 mln tonnes, corn – 14.638 mln tonnes, and other grains – 218 thsd tonnes. The bid prices on the domestic market varied depending on the region: 3-grade wheat – 3560-4950 UAH/t, 6-grade feed wheat – 3250-4300 UAH/t.
01.05.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

SGS Ukraine expands laboratory capabilities
In 2014, SGS invested in GMO, pesticides residues and dioxin testing to better serve Ukraine’s growing agrarian economy. SGS’s facility in Odessa offers now genetically modified organism polymerase chain reaction (GMO PCR) testing. Following investment in unique equipment for pesticide residues and dioxin testing, this lab is now also able to test for and identify the presence of these substances in agricultural products. The recent installation of state of the art quantitative detection equipment has significantly improved the laboratory capabilities.
SGS’s newest facility in Ukraine was opened in 2014 and started delivering testing services in December 2014. SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.
28.04.2015 Source: press release of SGS

Ukraine-EU free trade zone will be launched in 2016
The free trade zone is the economic part of the association agreement with the European Union.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has confirmed Kiev’s bid to launch a free trade zone between Ukraine and the EU from January 1, 2016. Ukraine signed the economic part of the association agreement with the EU in June 2014. On September 12, Russia, Ukraine and the EU agreed to suspend the setting up of the free trade zone between Ukraine and the EU and retain the regime of free trade within the Commonwealth of Independent States, a loose alliance of former Soviet republics, until December 31, 2015. Within this period of time, some Ukrainian products have the right of duty-free access to the European market, but duties are still imposed on European exports to Ukraine.
24.04.2015 Source: Tass

Government encourages global credit agencies to give loans for Ukrainian producers in the form of foreign agricultural machinery
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine encourages foreign partners "to persuade global credit agencies to provide trade loans for large Ukrainian companies in the form of foreign agricultural machinery".  Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk noted that he held the relevant conversation, particularly with US partners. "The USA will be interested in supplying equipment to Ukraine, and we are interested in obtaining a long loan, low interest rate and effective equipment that will enable us to collect more, sell more and earn more," Arseniy Yatsenyuk emphasized.
24.04.2015 Source: Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU

Yatseniuk promises UAH 300 million in loan interest compensation to farmers
The Cabinet of Ministers will pay UAH 300 million in compensation to farmers on their loans interest payments. Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatseniuk said: "Our budget has UAH 300 million to compensate for loan interest payments. I understand that it's not a lot but taking into account the current interest rates that is higher than 35%. Therefore, on Wednesday the minister [of agrarian policy] will make a decision, and we will compensate a half of the interest rate set by the National Bank for small and medium-sized farmers and this is actually 15% less on each loan interest payment".
24.04.2015 Source: Unrinform

Ukraine completed the planting campaign of early spring wheat
As of April 24, Ukrainian agrarians planted spring grains and pulses throughout the areas of 2.6 mln ha, or 37% of the plan. Also, Ukraine planted early grains throughout 2.1 mln ha, or 90% of the plan. In particular, Ukraine planted spring wheat throughout 140 thsd ha (99.7%), spring barley – 1.5 mln ha (89%), oats - 206 thsd ha (87%), and peas - 169 thsd ha (97%). Ukrainian agrarians continued planting corn - as of April 24, the grain planted areas reached 552 thsd ha, or 12% of the planned areas. Also, agrarians planted sunflower seed throughout 1 mln ha, or 23% of the forecast, and soybeans – 75 thsd ha (4%).
24.04.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Ukraine to increase the transshipment capacities of eight ports
The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine had prepared the offer on the transshipment capacities development in the ports of Ukraine. Among the offers there are projects on the reconstruction of the current one, the new objects of infrastructure building and developing of the port territories of South, Nikolaev, Illichevsk, Ismail, Mariupol, Kherson, Berdyansk, Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi and other seas ports of Ukraine. The mentioned projects foresee the state-private partnership. The specialists of the Ministry of Infrastructure defined the major technical characteristics of each of the investment projects and also the preliminary cost of them being realized. In particular, it is offered to build the range of moorages and complexes for grain, meal and veg oils transshipment.
24.04.2015: Source: Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine

Ukraine exported 1,129 tonnes of fresh champignons
According to customs statistics, in 2014 Ukraine exported 1,129 tonnes of fresh mushrooms. This is about 3% of the total cultivation in the country. The main destination was the Russian Federation ( 1,082 tonnes or 95.84% of the total mushroom exports).
23.04.2014 Source: UBR

Ukraine exports 69,000 tonnes of milk, dairy foods, 44,000 tonnes of meat in Q1, 2015
Milk and dairy foods production in Ukraine in the first quarter of 2015 amounted to 2.04 million tonnes with annual production estimated at 11.34 million tonnes. Ukraine exported 69,000 tonnes of milk and dairy foods in January through March 2015, with an annual export potential projected at 300,000 tonnes. In particular, 47,000 tonnes of milk and dairy products were supplied to the Crimea free economic zone. Milk and dairy imports in the first three months stood at 20,000 tonnes, annual imports have been forecasted at 200,000 tonnes.
Meat exports from Ukraine in the three months totaled 44,000 tonnes with the annual forecast being 260,000 tonnes. In particular, Ukraine exported 7,000 tonnes of beef, 6,000 tonnes of pork, and 30,000 tonnes of poultry. Supplies to the Crimea free economic zone in the first quarter of 2015 are estimated at 14,000 tonnes with an annual forecast of 50,000 tonnes. During the period under review, Ukraine produced 569,000 tonnes of meat, including 59,000 tonnes of beef, 224,000 tonnes of pork, and 284,000 tonnes of poultry. The ministry predicts that in 2015 Ukraine's meat output will be 2.44 million tonnes, including 410,000 tonnes of beef, 775,000 tonnes of pork, and 1.215 million tonnes of poultry. From January through March Ukraine imported 31,000 tonnes of meat with an annual forecast of 169,000 tonnes.
23.04.2015 Source: Interfax

Agricultural companies initiating the development of river logistics
The restoration of river shipping opens new logistics opportunities for the nation’s agricultural products. It is roughly half cheaper than shipments by rail and four times cheaper than by trucks. This was discussed at a joint meeting of representatives of the Agrarian Policy Ministry and the Infrastructure Ministry of Ukraine. The meeting participants came to a joint opinion that Ukraine’s rivers have a significant potential for using as transport arteries. In follow-up of the meeting, instructions were given for the development of grain logistics as one of the most promising areas. The share of river grain shipments in Ukraine is just 5%, compared to 25% in France and 55% in the U.S. The modern equipment must operate in a way friendly to the river eco-system.
22.04.2015 Source: UkrAgroConsulting

Ukraine could be key supplier of GM-free soybeans to EU market in several years
Ukraine has great potential of entering the European genetically modified-free soybean market, demand on which is stably growing in the EU, President of Donau Soja Matthias Krön said at a press conference. The EU countries import around 32 million tonnes of soybeans every year, mainly from the United States, Brazil and Argentina, which is used to feed animals. Only 5 million tonnes of soybeans are GM-free soybeans. A small share of it arrives from Ukraine. In the future Ukraine could provide for 30-50% of these soybeans. Over the past several years Ukraine has increased the number of soybean fields from 1.4 million hectares to 2 million hectares.
Svarog West Group recently entered Donau Soja and plans to promote its products to the European market. In summer 2015 the company plans to start building a soybean processing plant to supply high-protein cake to the EU market. The target for 2015/16 agricultural year is at least 140,000-150,000 tonnes of products with the label "GM-free produce from Ukraine."
22.04.2015 Source: Interfax-Ukraine

Pan Kurchak to boost animal feed production
Pan Kurchak, Ukraine agro-industrial group, primarily focuses on poultry production, but this year plans to increase feed production at its two plants by 18%, compare to 2014, up to 100,000 tonnes. The increase of production capacities will be achieved through the modernisation of the company’s 2 feed mills. This was achieved with the participation of the German company Evonik. Pan Kurchak has cooperated with Evonik already for several years. Animal feed expansion prompted by poultry expansion The expansion of the feed production division follows the commissioning of the new poultry production capacities. Pan Kurchak recently completed the construction of 10 additional poultry houses in the village Holopichi of the Volyn Oblast.
22.04.2015 Source: milkua

Number of cows is stably declining in Ukraine
March figures of State Statistics Service confirm fears of operators – milk production is declining in Ukraine. Production in first quarter was down 3.1% from the same period of last year.
Number of cows is stably declining in Ukraine. As of April, 1 there were 2 275.2 thousand cows in all categories of farms, which was 6.6% less than a year ago.
22.04.2015 Source: State Statistics Service of Ukraine

Ukraine: new cargo port and elevator in Cherkasy oblast
Semtek Invest LLC plans to invest in construction of the cargo port in Cherkassy oblast. The corresponding memorandum on realization of the investment project was signed by Konstantin Omargaliev, Head of the Cherkassy rayon state administration, and Frederic Chavigny, Director of Semtek Invest, on April 20. The company plans to construct the cargo port and the elevator with storage capacity of 60 thsd tonnes at the territory of the village Chervona Sloboda. The project realization requires 20 mln EUR of investments.
21.04.2015 Source: Ukrinform

Ministry of Economic Development increased the forecast of grain exports in 2014/15 MY
The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine forecasted the volume of grain exports in 2014/15 MY at 36.768 mln tonnes, an increase of 1.04 mln tonnes compared with the indices published last month. In particular, the export volumes of wheat are estimated at 11.665 mln tonnes, rye - 0.023 mln tonnes, barley - 4.338 mln tonnes, corn – 20.057 mln tonnes, oats – 0.135 mln tonnes, millet – 0.098 mln tonnes, and other grains – 0.84 mln tonnes.
According to the balance sheets, in 2014/15 MY the general grain production in the country (excluding the Crimea) will total 63.859 mln tonnes, which completely meet the index published last month.
21.04.2015 Source: Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine

Since beginning of the season, Ukraine exported the record volume of soybeans
In February-March of 2014/15 MY, Ukraine exported 489 thsd tonnes of soybeans, which became the record index compared with the same periods of many previous seasons. Generally, since the beginning of the current MY (September-March) Ukraine supplied 1.8 mln tonnes of soybeans on foreign markets, whereas previously the general export forecast for the whole season did not exceed 1.34 mln tonnes. During seven months of 2014/15 MY, Turkey, Iran and Egypt were the main buyers of Ukrainian soybeans, which together imported 1.1 mln tonnes, or 60% of the general shipped volumes of the oilseed.
20.04.2015 Source: Ukrinform

Until the end of 2015, SFGC of Ukraine to supply over 3.5 mln tonnes of grains to China
Until the end of the current year, PJSC State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine plans to supply more than 3.5 mln tonnes of grains within frames of performance of the contract with the Chinese corporation CCEC. The general contract volume totals 5 mln tonnes per season.
20.04.2015 Source: APK-Inform

Ovostar Union plans to boost egg production by 20.4% in 2015
Ovostar Union agro-industrial group of companies, one of the leading egg producers in Ukraine, plans to increase egg output by 20.4% in 2015, to 1.25 billion. In 2016 the company plans to produce 1.6 billion eggs. Dry egg products output will be increased from 1,760 tonnes to 1,900 tonnes in 2015 and to 2,200 tonnes in 2016. The company expects that liquid egg products output will rise to 6,900 tonnes in 2015 and to 7,200 tonnes in 2016. In 2014, the company produced 6,560 tonnes of liquid egg products.
16.04.2015 Source: Interfax

Agricultural cooperation between Ukraine and Uzbekistan should expand
Ukraine and Uzbekistan are interested in expanding their cooperation and boosting turnover of agricultural products. For this purpose it is necessary to intensify business communications between agribusinesses in both countries. The issue was discussed by Minister of Agriculture and Food of Ukraine Oleksiy Pavlenko and Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Ukraine Alisher Abdualiyev at their meeting. Mr. Alisher Abdualiyev noted that Ukraine had the 9th place in the structure of trade turnover with Uzbekistan. Livestock, distilling, grain industry are just some of the possible sectors of agricultural cooperation between the countries.
14.04.2015 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine supplied over 4.2 mln tonnes of grains to Egypt
Since the beginning of the season (July 2014) Ukraine has become the leader among the countries-exporters of grains to Egypt. As of April 8, the Ukrainian sea ports shipped 4.24 mln tonnes of grains to Egypt, including 2.17 mln tonnes of wheat, 1.86 mln tonnes of corn, and 182.5 thsd tonnes of barley. Egypt is the leader among countries-importers of Ukrainian grains, ahead of Spain (2.13 mln tonnes), Saudi Arabia (2.05 mln tonnes), China (1.62 mln tonnes), South Korea (1.13 mln tonnes), and Turkey (1.03 mln tonnes).
09.04.2015 Source: APK-Inform

In 2015, Ukraine to change the structure of oilseed planted areas
In 2015, Ukraine will change the structure of planted areas under oilseeds. Despite the reduction of rapeseed planted areas (down 32%) and sunflower seed areas (down 3%), the general planted areas under major oilseed crops will total 8 mln ha in the current year, an increase of 1% compared with the last year index. Increasing of the planted areas under soybeans by 19% will cause the reporting expanding of the general planted areas under all oilseeds. Such soybean areas will become another record for the oilseed.
08.04.2015 Source: APK-Inform

Ukrainians interested in cooperation in grain cultivation and dairy industry
In wake of the recent geopolitical events and producers' attempts to find new export markets, Ukraine is becoming increasingly more interested in cooperating with Latvia in grain cultivation and cattle breeding, Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs (Greens/Farmers) told LETA. He also indicated that Ukraine is interested in cooperating in dairy sector, as Ukrainian dairy farmers are interested in certifying their produce to be further exported to the European Union.
08.04.2015 Source: world-grain

Nibulon cuts spring crop fields by 7% in 2015 as fields with winter crops expanded
Agricultural enterprise Nibulon, one of the largest producers and exporters of grains and oilseeds in Ukraine, plans to sow 44,700 hectares with spring crops, which is 6.9% down on 2014. Corns will be sowed on 23,000 hectares, sunflower – on 13,700 hectares, soybeans – on 4,100 hectares and sorghum - on 3,900 hectares. The reduction of fields with spring crops is linked to the expansion of fields with winter crops. Taking into account winter crops and fodder crops, fields with 2015 harvest crops will total 79,200 hectares, which is the same as last year. Last year the company expanded its fields by some 19%, to 33,100 hectares.
Nibulon was created in 1991. It is one of the largest operators in the grain market. The company has a total silo capacity of more than 1.7 million tonnes, as well as its own transshipment terminal in Mykolaiv. Nibulon has since 2009 been implementing a project to commission 17 grain elevators and river terminals, as well as build 57 vessels, including 14 sea and river tugboats with an overall deadweight of 200,000 tonnes.
08.04.2015 Source: Interfax

Ukraine supplied over 330 thsd tonnes of wheat to the EU within the annual quotas
Ukrainian agricultural producers have already supplied 332 thsd tonnes of wheat on the European market from 850 thsd tonnes of the planned volumes. Also, Ukraine has already covered two-thirds of the oats quotas. The Ministry of Agrarian Policy continues working with the industry associations and enterprises, in order to increase the share of Ukrainian commodities on the European market, and increase the volume of Ukrainian commodities export.
07.04.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Ukraine increased buckwheat exports
During the first seven months of the season 2014/15 (August-February), Ukraine exported 1.3 thsd tonnes of buckwheat, which became the highest index for the reporting period during three recent seasons. In particular, the export volumes increased in 2.1 times compared with the first seven months of 2013/14 MY, and up 6.9 times compared with the same period of 2012/13 MY. In the current season, Ukraine supplied the largest volumes of buckwheat to China (30% of the general export structure), Slovenia (19%), Poland (18%) and Serbia (12%).
07.04.2015 Source: State Statistics Service

As of April 6, Ukraine planted spring grains throughout 1.6 million ha
As of April 6, Ukrainian agrarians planted early spring grains and pulses throughout the areas of 1.588 mln ha or 69% of the plan.
In particular, Ukraine planted spring wheat throughout 112 thsd ha (79%), spring barley – 1.186 mln ha (68%), oats - 149 thsd ha (63%), and peas - 141 thsd ha (81%).So, Mykolaiv oblast planted crops throughout 90% of the forecasted areas, Odessa oblast - 82%, Khmelnitsky oblast - 96%, Lviv oblast – 88%, and Rivno oblast – 85%. In addition, agrarians provided additional fertilizing of winter grains throughout 6.9 mln ha (86%), and winter rapeseed - 730 thsd ha (82%).
06.04.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Ukrainian farmers will be able to receive five-year interest-free loans
The agricultural producers support program budgeted in the amount of UAH 300 million, will allow farmers to take five-year interest-free loans, including for the purchase of agricultural machinery. The Law on State Budget for 2015 includes funding of several programs.
In particular, for the purchase of equipment through the NJSC "UkrAgroLeasing" - UAH 54 million, loans for farms - UAH 25.6 million and financial support of measures in the agricultural sector - UAH 300 million, which involves compensation of interest on loans, including those taken for the purchase of agricultural machinery.
04.04.2015 Source: blackseagrain

Ukraine and Israel demonstrate successful cooperation experience
Ukraine and Israel continue to successfully implement joint projects in the agricultural sector. This was discussed at a meeting of the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Olexii Pavlenko with Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Israel in Ukraine Eliav Belotserkovski.
"We are especially interested to take part in the exhibition of the Ukrainian agrarian business, to get familiarized with successful examples of Israeli agriculture, which demonstrates high growth tendency and actively uses innovative technology," said Vladyslava Rutytska, Deputy Minister on European integration.
03.04.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Ukraine took up all quotas for agricultural products supplies within the FTA with the EU
Ukraine has already taken up all quotas for agricultural commodities supplying within frames of the free trade zone with the European Union, declared Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Prime Minister of Ukraine, on March 25. According to him, the next step is establishment of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with the European Union, which is the part of the Association Agreement (AA) between the EU and Ukraine. Ukraine needs coming on new markets, because all previously issued quotas for agricultural products are completed.
03.04.2015 Source: APK-Inform

Kharkiv Tractor Plant and Finland’s Sampo Rosenlew establishing a joint venture for production of combine harvesters
PJSC Kharkiv Tractor Plant (KhTP) has signed an agreement with Finnish plant Sampo Rosenlew to establish a joint venture for manufacturing grain harvesters, KhTP CEO Vladislav Gubin said. He noted that the pilot project would kick off in the latter half of 2015 and large-scale production of harvesters would begin in 2016. It is planned that 200-250 grain harvesters will be manufactured annually for the Ukrainian market. Gubin added that the Kharkiv Tractor Plant had declined to set up a joint venture with GomSelMash (Belarus) for producing harvesters under the KhTP brand.
“We decided for ourselves that the joint venture must be innovative. And if we offer grain harvesting machinery, it must be sold not only in Ukraine,” the KhTP CEO stressed. Gubin previously reported that his plant is provided with contracts for manufacturing 2,100 tractors this year.
02.04.2015 Source: blackseagrain

Americans to invest USD 250 million in the Ukrainian agricultural sector
The U.S. Government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is prepared to invest in Ukraine projects. The budget of one project would be up to USD 250 million with no limit on the number of initiated projects. This was agreed upon at a meeting of Ukrainian Agrarian Policy and Food Minister Oleksiy Pavlenko with Kareem Saleh, a Senior Adviser to OPIC’s President in Washington.
31.03.2015 Source: blackseagrain

Ukraine and Canada to implement common agricultural projects
In the course of the official visit to Canada, the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Oleksiy Pavlenko met with the Minister of International Trade of Canada, Ed Fast. The parties discussed further steps of the Ukrainian-Canadian cooperation extension in the agrarian industry and the prospects of the Free Trade Zone agreement undertaking.
According to O.Pavlenko, Ukraine relies upon the agrarian sector development support including the common projects implementing in the dairy industry and the grain storages building.
30.03.2015 Source: Ukrinform

US-Ukrainian agriculture congress announces new domestic seed plant in 2016
The U.S. company Monsanto plans to build a seed plant in Ukraine in 2016. This was discussed at the meeting in Washington, USA, between Minister of Agriculture and Food of Ukraine Oleksiy Pavlenko with the representatives of Monsanto.  The plant will manufacture corn seed of conventional selection for the domestic market and export. Due to the foreign exchange market crisis the imported seeds are much more expensive that is why there exists a considerable interest in building plants manufacturing world quality goods in Ukraine
"For many years, Monsanto tested and registered many varieties and hybrids of crops in Ukraine, including corn and canola. The State Register of plant varieties suitable for dissemination in Ukraine listed 357 varieties and hybrids developed by Monsanto. This constitutes 9% of total number of foreign selection varieties," noted the Agriculture Minister.
27.03.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Group of companies UkrAgroCom & Hermes-Trading to invest over USD 300 million USD in development of agribusiness
In the following 7-10 years the Group of companies UkrAgroCom & Hermes-Trading plans to optionally invest more than USD 300 million in development of the agricultural sector of Ukraine, declared Yuri Skichko, Director of Hermes-Trading LLC, at the Ukrainian-American Agrarian Congress in Washington. In terms of stabilization of the economic situation in the country, the reporting funds will be directed to development of agricultural production and logistics of the river infrastructure, purchasing and construction of the river fleet, inland silos and deep-sea port in the region of Nikolaev city. During 15 years of the company's operations, the general sum of agricultural investments of the company totaled nearly USD 250 million.
27.03.2015 Source: APK-Inform

Manufacturer of agricultural machinery Deere & Company plans new projects in Ukraine
Such an agreement was reached after a meeting in Washington between the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and the management of Deere & Company. "Kharkov Tractor Plant" has sent a proposal to Deere & Company of a joint project of combines assembly on the "XTZ". Deere & Company will review and analyze the proposal. In addition, the management of Deere & Company has proposed to put in precision farming technologies throughout the country. Head of Ministry of Agrarian Policy stressed the value of precision farming for the Ukrainian agricultural sector. According to him, navigation precision of Deere & Company equipment has a measurement error of up to 2.5 cm., and each tractor/combine is equiped for precision work on the field.
27.03.2015 Source: blackseagrain

More than 200 state-owned companies are to be privatized
Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine initiates the privatization of 254 enterprises. Out of all enterprises under the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine only 20% are profitable; the rest are in the red.
27.03.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Ministry of Agrarian Policy to raise nearly USD 25 billion of investments to the agricultural industry
In 2015-2016 period the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine expects to raise nearly USD 25 billion of investments to the agro-industrial complex of Ukraine, declared Oleksiy Pavlenko, Minister of Agrarian Policy, on March 24 during his speech at the Ukrainian-American Agrarian Congress in Washington, D.C. In particular, there is expected to invite investment in agricultural resources and technologies, irrigation systems, deep processing of grains, infrastructure and logistics.
25.03.2015 Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Ukraine able to double agricultural production in three years
Ukrainian agro-industrial complex is able to double production and exports of agricultural products in the near future provided that foreign investments are attracted to this sector. Agrarian policy and food minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Pavlenko said this at the Ukrainian-American Agrarian Congress in Washington on Tuesday. Pavlenko stressed that Ukraine had already been a leading exporter in many fields. Thus, Ukraine ranks the first in the export of sunflower oil, the sixth in wheat export and the seventh in chicken export.
25.03.2015 Source: Ukrinform

DuPont Pioneer seed company launching a barter project in Ukraine
DuPont Pioneer, one of the world’s largest crop seed producing companies, is starting a pilot barter project in Ukraine in 2015 for supporting cooperation with local agricultural producers.
Pioneer continues supplying seeds to the farmer via a distributor, or directly to agricultural holdings. At the same time, the farmer or the distributor, or both get an option to offer agricultural produce on barter terms. Then a trilateral or quadripartite agreement can be signed with participation of a trader, an exporter to sell this produce and then make monetary payment for Pioneer seed supplies. According to Olena Dunina, DuPont Pioneer has already begun cooperation with a few major trading entities in Ukraine within the framework of the barter project.
20.03.2015 Source: blackseagrain

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



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