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Organic production in Ukraine

published 16 May 2022 16:00

Domestic market

According to the monitoring in 2020 the total area of organic and in-conversion agricultural land was 462 thousand ha (1.1% of the total agricultural land in Ukraine). There were 549 organic operators, 419 of which were agricultural producers.

In recent years, the domestic organic consumer market continues to expand through the biggest supermarket chains. The main organic products produced in Ukraine are milk and dairy products, cereals and groats, flour, seeds, vegetables and fruits, eggs, juices, beverages, pastes, meat products, condiments and spices, sugar, oils, ice-cream and other products, including bakery and macaroni products, honey, chocolate, tea and coffee.

For more details about the domestic organic market follow the link.

Export

Export of organic products are focused mainly on the European countries, whose market in 2020 accounted for 73% of Ukrainian organic exports.

According to the European Commission Report, Ukraine ranked the 4th out of 124 countries by volume of organic products imported to the EU.

Thus, in 2020 the EU imported 2.79 million ton of organic agri-food products were imported to the EU, 7.8% of which were Ukrainian (217.2 thousand tons in amount of 116.7 million US dollars).

In total, by the end of 2020 Ukraine exported 332 thousand tons of organic products in the amount of 204 million US dollars to about 40 countries. The largest importing countries of the Ukrainian organic products in this period were the Netherlands, USA, Germany, Lithuania, Austria, UK, Poland, Canada, Italy, Switzerland. The Ukrainian producers also export their organic products to Australia and some Asian countries, in particular, China, Vietnam, India and Japan, with the first deliveries to the Republic of Korea and Myanmar.

Cereals, oil seeds, honey, eggs, vegetables and fruits are the main export products. In addition, Ukraine exports sunflower cake, flour, sunflower oil, sunflower meal, concentrated apple juice, and birch sap. In total, about 80 organic products were exported from Ukraine in 2020.

For more details about organic export from Ukraine follow the link.

Legislative regulation of the organic market in Ukraine 

Organic production in Ukraine is governed by the Law of Ukraine “On Basic Principles and Requirements for Organic Production, Circulation and Labelling of Organic Products” and relevant by-laws.

Cooperation with international technical assistance projects 

Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine cooperates with international projects that aim at organic production development, in particular:

1.  Swiss-Ukrainian program “Higher Value Added Trade from the Organic and Dairy Sector in Ukraine” (QFTP), financed by Switzerland and implemented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL, Switzerland) in partnership with SAFOSO AG (Switzerland).

2. Project “German-Ukrainian Cooperation in Organic Agriculture”.

3. Program “Organic Trade for Development in Eastern Europe” (OT4D).

4. USAID Program “Agriculture Growing Rural Opportunities” (AGRO).

The project/program representatives provide their expertise during development of the organic legislative framework and implementation of the legislation in the field of organic production, circulation and labelling of organic products.

Within the framework of the Swiss-Ukrainian program “Higher Value Added Trade from the Organic and Dairy Sector in Ukraine” the video about organic production “Organic in Ukraine was created to promote organic production in Ukraine among potential Ukrainian and foreign investors.

With the support of the project “German-Ukrainian Cooperation in Organic Agriculture” various workshops on organic production are held for the specialists of the Ministry, State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection, and National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine. In particular, in 2021, within the framework of the pilot project, implemented together with the Main Directorate of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection in Poltava oblast, the trainings on control in organic production are envisaged, aimed at both gaining theoretical knowledge and its practical implementation during onsite visits to the organic farms.

In addition, with the support of QFTP and the project “German-Ukrainian Cooperation in Organic Agriculture”, in 2020-2021 two specialized fairs “ORGANIC” and two conferences “Organic: Knowledge, Experience, Result” were organized in cooperation with Organic Federation of Ukraine within the framework of International Agro-Industrial Exhibitions “AGRO” (August 2020 and June 2021), as well as two All-Ukrainian Organic Fairs (September 2020 and 2021). Furthermore, two congresses Organic Ukraine” (April 2020 and 2021) were organized together with Organic Ukraine NGO.

With the support of QFTP together with Organic Ukraine NGO and the state oblast administrations held 48 regional forums “Organic Ukraine” in 24 oblasts of Ukraine (June-September 2020, April-August 2021).

Specialists of the Ministry, State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection and State Institution “Entrepreneurship and Export Promotion Office” within the framework of QFTP participated in the study tour, the Central and Eastern Europe Congress Session “Organic Policy and the New CAP, Plans and Strategies in the CEE Countries”, Control Bodies Round Table “The Organic Law of Ukraine and its Requirements for Organic Control Bodies” within the framework of the International Organic Trade Fair “BioFach" (February 2020), as well as online fair “BioFach eSpecial” (February 2021).

Moreover, specialists of the Ministry together with the representatives of QFTP, OrganicInfo, Organic Standard, Organic Ukraine NGO, Information Centre “Green Dossier” prepared general publications about organic market development in Ukraine for the international community and Ukrainian users: Organic Map of Ukraine, information about organic production in Ukraine for the FiBL-IFOAM publication “The World of Organic Agriculture. Statistics and Emerging Trends 2021” and the overview of the organic market in Ukraine (domestic market, export).


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