Silo capacities in Ukraine allow storing 60-65% of grain

The grain storage facilities in Ukraine allow storing around 60-65% of harvest, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture Taras Vysotsky has said. “The implementation of the agrarian potential of Ukraine needs to modernize the existing logistic infrastructure and further development. Today, grain storage facilities allow storing some 60-65% of the harvested crop. The total one-time grain, leguminous and oilseeds storage capacity is 45.4 million tonnes,” he wrote.
According to the Ministry, under the government program to support agricultural producers in 2019, 55 producers from 16 regions received government support in the direction of partial reimbursement of the cost of building and reconstructing grain storage and processing enterprises, the total amount of compensation exceeded UAH 526 million. “Thanks to the support, an additional 61 facilities with a throughput capacity of about 1 million tonnes were obtained and more than 500 jobs were created,” Vysotsky said.
Source: Interfax


Astarta has invested USD 71 million in development of grain infrastructure since 2014

Astarta agricultural and industrial holding, the largest sugar producer in Ukraine, has invested USD 71 million in the development of grain infrastructure under the Grain of Astarta investment program launched in 2014. The grain infrastructure development program has so far been implemented in the form of seven modern (both newly-built and modernized) silos with a total capacity of 550,000 tonnes, as well as its own fleet of 200 railway cars. Over the past two years Astarta build four silos in Poltava region and bought Krasyliv silo in Khmelnytsky region.
Astarta is a vertically integrated agribusiness holding operating in eight regions of Ukraine. The holding includes eight sugar factories, agricultural enterprises with a land bank of 243,000 ha and dairy farms, a biogas plant and a soybean processing complex in Poltava region.
Source: Interfax


EBRD and EU agree EUR 50 million financial guarantee to boost renewable energy in Ukraine

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Union (EU) have agreed a new EUR 50 million programme of financial guarantees aimed at scaling up investment in renewable energy in Ukraine and in the EU’s Southern Neighbourhood. Under the new programme, the EBRD will provide guarantees to lenders such as local commercial banks, which will allow them to provide financing to projects alongside EBRD loans. The guarantee is expected to help generate total investments of up to EUR 500 million.
Source: Interfax


In 2019/20 MY, Ukraine to export over 50 million tonnes of grains

According to the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, in 2019/20 MY Ukraine will supply 54 million tonnes of grain crops to foreign markets, an increase of almost 5 million tonnes compared with 2018/19 MY.
Last year the harvest of grain crops totaled nearly 75 million tonnes, incl. 54 million tonnes of the planned exports. As of January 10, Ukraine already exported 32.078 million tonnes of grains. In particular, the shipments of wheat totaled 15.1 million tonnes, barley – 3.8 million tonnes, corn – 12.8 million tonnes, and rye – 5 thsd tonnes.
Source: Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture


Ukraine entered the TOP-3 of exporters of agricultural products to the EU

According to the report of the European Commission about the state of trading with agricultural products, in the period of November 2018 – October 2019 the USA exported agricultural products on the EU market at the sum of EUR 12.3 billion, Brazil – EUR 11.7 billion, and Ukraine – EUR 7.3 billion. It was noted that in the reporting period, the Ukraine demonstrated the fastest growth dynamics in exports – 41%.
Source: report of the European Commission


Ukraine exported the record volumes of refined sunflower oil

Since the beginning of 2019/20 MY (September-December), Ukraine supplied more than 200 thsd tonnes of refined sunflower oil on foreign markets, up 40% compared with the exports for the same period last season, which became the absolute maximum. In the current season, the Middle East (26%), Europe (26%), Asia (21%) and Africa (10%) became the main sales markets for the product.
Source: APK-Inform


Ukrainian farmers increase purchase of Ukrainian machinery by 31%

Ukrainian farmers under the government-funded program to support acquisition of Ukrainian machinery and equipment bought it for the amount of over UAH 5.77 billion in 2019, which is 31.2% more than in 2018. At the same time, the amount of compensation [25% of the cost] for the purchased equipment amounted to UAH 640 million (applications submitted by farmers in September were satisfied). Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture Taras Vysotsky said that this program was underfunded due to the fact that the budget provided for these purposes less funds (UAH 682 million) than the demand for this program. In the fourth quarter, when there was no money left for compensation, farmers purchased equipment for UAH 2 billion, which means compensation for another UAH 500 million. The possibility of considering this compensation in 2020 will be discussed.
Source: Secretary of the National Committee for Industrial Development


Eridon wants to buy Van Hoof Ukraine supplier of agricultural equipment

Eridon could acquire Van Hoof Ukraine LLC (both from Kyiv region), which specializes in the supply of equipment for poultry and pig farming. The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMC) could allow Eridon to buy a stake in Van Hoof Ukraine, which will provide the buyer with over 50% of the voting shares on the company’s board.
Eridon is owned by Serhiy Krolevets. It distributes seeds, fertilizers, plant protection agents and is part of the Eridon group of companies. The ultimate beneficiary of Van Hoof Ukraine LLC is Ronabelo Limited (Cyprus). This company operates in various areas of the agricultural sector. It supplies a full range of equipment for poultry and pig farms. It is also engaged in the supply of other new and used equipment (for the production of animal feed, tractors).
Source: Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMC)


Ukraine sows 7.6 million ha with winter grains

The area sown with winter grains for the harvest of 2020 amounted to 7.6 million hectares, which is 0.2% more than the area for the harvest of this year. The following crops were sown: winter wheat on 6.4 million ha (0.6% less than in 2019), winter barley one 1 million ha (3.9% more), and rye one 135,000 ha (16.7% more). The area under winter rapeseeds for the next year’s crop amounted to 1.3 million hectares (0.3% more from 2019).
Source: State Statistics Service


Cherkassy Azot produces 1.42 million tonnes of nitrogen fertilizers

PJSC Azot (Cherkasy) produced 1.42 million tonnes of nitrogen fertilizers in January-November 2019, which is 9.2% more than for the whole of 2018. “In 2019, we achieved almost 100% loading of our production capacities. The growth in production volumes by the end of the year will be about 10% … For the 11 months of this year, we increased production of carbamide-ammonia mixture by 81% compared to the corresponding period last year (from 240,900 to 438,100 tonnes). Carbamide production increased by 55%. Nitrate production also increased, but only slightly,” Vitaliy Skliarov, the chairman of the company’s board, said.
Source: Group DF’s press service