Over the past six months an export of Ukrainian agricultural
products has increased by 32%, "Russia has refused Ukrainian products, so
we have found an opportunity to sell it to the EU and other countries,"
said the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Friday, October 17,
during a visit to the joint venture "Nibulon"
in Poltava region, in the framework of his working trip.
According to him, overall exports from Ukraine have upped by
19%, while the growth of export of Ukrainian agricultural products has made up
32% over the past six months, despite the fact that "we lost the Russian
market”, “We have replaced the Russian markets with the European ones".
For instance, the sale of meat and poultry by-products to
Russia reduced by 81%, while exports to other countries increased from 30 to
100%, the PM explained. Exports of sunflower oil to the Russian Federation decreased
by 50%, but overall exports grew by 17%, in particular, to India, the
Netherlands, Iran, Spain, Italy, Algeria, Malaysia, the UK, "Russia
refused Ukrainian products, so we have found other markets. We have discovered
an opportunity to sell Ukrainian goods to the European Union and other
Simultaneously, according to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, over the
last half-year Ukraine has significantly reduced purchase of foodstuffs from
other countries, by 18%.
Meanwhile, Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that according to the
State Statistics Committee, the volume of agricultural production increased by
16% as compared to the relevant period of last year, while the average grain
yield improved by 14%, "Only from grain exports, we are to obtain USD 2
billion by the end of the current year."
Minister noted that
food production is one of the principal locomotives of
development of the Ukrainian economy.
security of the entire world
depends on Ukraine. We are in a group of the key players. The Government's plans include making Ukraine
to capture the global leadership in the food market together
with such countries as
the United States of America, a number of the EU member
states, Canada, and
they will be
implemented," said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
Answering journalists’ questions about the competitiveness
of Ukrainian products, the Prime Minister explained that Ukraine had already spent
the quota for the supply to the European Union of honey, grape juice, wheat,
flour, corn, 77 % of a quota for export of meat and by-products had been used,
grain cereals - 78%, tomatoes - 72%, “I am expecting a decision of the European
Parliament to extend the autonomous trade preferences for Ukrainian products,
namely, a duty-free import of Ukrainian products to the EU markets. We are truly
competitive, and the figures prove that”.
During the working visit to Poltava region Arseniy Yatsenyuk
visited the joint venture "Nibulon" in the
village Zhovtneve of Poltava region. The Prime
Minister got acquainted with the technology of storage of grains and oilseeds,
with the process of automatic assessment of grain quality. The modern equipment
in the laboratory enables to carry an analysis of grain in accordance with
international standards. The head of the laboratory told that the quality analysis
of corn is fully automated and takes up to 15 minutes. A bit longer takes an
analysis of wheat quality.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk has participated in unloading of a truck
with grain in a handling unit. The employees told the Prime Minister that the
company is capable to handle over 5 thousand tons of grain per day.
The Prime Minister also visited the Lubny
dairy plant. He got acquainted with the work of the processing shop, a bottling
shop, the latest technology of milk processing and tasted products made by the
company. The Prime Minister talked to the workers of the plant. In the conversation
Arseniy Yatsenyuk told that at the beginning of his legal practice he had worked
with Chernivtsi-based "Oblmolprom",
so he was familiar with the dairy industry.