In recent years, Ukraine has been confidently among the TOP 5 largest suppliers of organic products to the EU. In particular, in 2021, our country ranked 5th in the world out of 126 countries in terms of imports of organic products to the EU with a share of 6.6% of the total. Taras Vysotskyi, First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, spoke about the state of Ukrainian organic legislation and the functioning of the real organic sector of the economy during his speech at the international online B2B event Organic Export Days – Ukraine, Albania, Serbia.
“According to the data of the operational monitoring we conducted in 2021, the total area of our agricultural land (organic and in-conversion) was 422,299 hectares. In recent years, we have been confidently among the TOP 5 largest suppliers of organic products to the EU. In particular, in 2021, we ranked 5th in the world out of 126 countries in terms of imports of organic products to the EU with a share of 6.6% of the total volume”, – said Taras Vysotskyi.
He added that according to the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL, Switzerland), in 2020 Ukraine ranked 21st in the world and 13th in Europe in terms of the area of organic agricultural land (including in-conversion).
The First Deputy Minister also stressed that the production of organic products in Ukraine is carried out mainly in compliance with the EU and US legislations. More than 20 foreign certification bodies certify organic production in Ukraine.
According to the First Deputy Minister, all legislative initiatives in the context of organic production were developed and adopted taking into account the provisions of the EU regulations No. 834, 889, 1235, defined by the Association Agreement. And in pursuance of the Law of Ukraine “Basic Principles and Requirements for Organic Production, Circulation and Labelling of Organic Products” all the necessary by-laws have already been approved. Besides, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine ensures the implementation of the adopted national legislation. 31 inspectors have already confirmed their knowledge in the field of organic production and received the relevant certificates.
Certification bodies, in which these inspectors work, have started the accreditation procedure in the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine (currently 2 certification bodies bodies), which is a prerequisite for their inclusion in the Register of Certification Bodies.
“The launch of the Register of Certification Bodies will mean the start of implementation of the Ukrainian legislation in the field of organic production, because from now on producers will have the opportunity to certify their activities in accordance with domestic legislation”, – said Taras Vysotskyi.
Currently, the Ministry is also working on the completion of the legal framework for control in the field of organic production, circulation and labeling of organic products, said the First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy.
International online B2B event Organic Export Days – Ukraine, Albania, Serbia will last until December 2 on the B2Match platform. The purpose of this event is to present the potential of the organic sector of Ukraine to importers and to establish cooperation between organic producers of Ukraine, Albania, Serbia and foreign buyers.
The organisers of the event: State Institution “Entrepreneurship and Export Promotion Office” together with Organic Initiative and other partners, supported by Switzerland within Swiss-Ukrainian programs “Higher Value Added Trade from the Organic and Dairy Sector in Ukraine” (QFTP) and “Organic Trade for Development” (OT4D).