Ukraine: organic farming grows (IT)


In Ukraine, the total area of organic land expanded by 10.2% in 2017 (in comparison with 2016), reaching 420,000 ha (1% of total farmland). According to information posted on the website of the Ministry for Agricultural Policy and Food, in the past five years the total area of organic farmland in Ukraine expanded 1.5-fold.
Ukraine ranks 11th in Europe and 20th in the world as total area of farmland certified as organic. At the same time, almost half of the land is under cereal cultivation (45.4%), more than 18% oilseeds and 5.3% legumes, followed by vegetables (1.6%) and fruits (0.7%). Most of the organic areas are located in Kyiv, Odesa, Kherson, Zhytomyr, Lviv, Khmelnytsky, Vinnytsia and Poltava regions. In 2017, the consumer market of organic products in Ukraine amounted to 29.4 million euro, and per capita consumption was EUR 0.68 per year (as comparison, the EU consumer spends 60.5 euro per year on organic products).
The main types of organic products produced and consumed in Ukraine are fruits, vegetables, cereals, meat, dairy products and bakery products. The range of organic products includes more than 100 products of Ukrainian origin.
According to the Reform Support Team under the ministry, in 2017 in Ukraine the organic operators were 529. The volume of exports of organic products in 2017 increased by 10% to 330,000 tonnes and amounted to 99 million euro. About 98% of exported products are raw materials. The largest consumer countries of the Ukrainian organic products are the Netherlands, Germany, the U.K., Italy, Austria, Poland, Switzerland and Belgium. The main export products are cereals, oilseeds, legumes, berries, fruits and wild plants.

Source: Open4business

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