According to customs statistics, the export of cheese from Ukraine within five months of the current year constituted 13,6 thousand tons, while during the same period of the previous year its export constituted 23 thousand tons.
These numbers are a logical consequence of constant complaints on part of Russia about Ukrainian produce and the ban on cheese export for a number of Ukrainian dairies, says the association “Ukrainian Agricultural Business Club.”
According to the press service of the association, the revenue from the export of Ukrainian cheese of all types between January and May of 2014 constituted $90 million, and this is $42 million less that the accordion revenue for five months of the previous year.
“Cheese used to be the most important and valuable export-oriented dairy product for Ukraine, but 84% of its sales went to the Russian market. The losses from the decrease of cheese sales were somewhat compensated by some turnaround of production and the growth of export of other dairy products, such as butter and condensed milk and regular milk. However the overall revenue from export of dairy product during the current year has already fallen 6% and according to the results of the five months of 2014 constituted $157 million,” says the message.
The volume of import of dairy produce decreased as a result of the devaluation of the hryvnia, however the value of import grew 20% and constituted almost $100 million.
“These factors had a negative influence on the export balance of dairy products in Ukraine. As a result, the positive trade saldo fell 31% and constituted $57,3 million,” added the association.
“Thus, we are seeing a real threat to the Ukrainian dairy industry. The seasonal production growth of milk is clashing with the decrease in demand on raw milk because of trading problems with Russia. In order not to lose the position of the net export of dairy produce, Ukraine has to diversify the export markets as quickly as possible. In order to have the opportunity to sell our dairy products to the European Union and conquer new perspective markets, it is necessary to pass a package of bills as soon as possible, in particular “Regarding amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine regarding food produce safety,” “Regarding amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine regarding identification and registration of animals,” “Regarding the animal byproducts not intended for human consumption,” “Regarding state control in the sphere of security and quality of food produce, feed, animal welfare.” The sooner these bills are passed, the more chances we have to access the European market,” emphasised the expert in agricultural markets of the UABC Alina Zharko.
Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina
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Get moving Ukraine…pass the laws…make sure you’re making great tasting and healthy cheeses with pre-biotics in them. Very healthy. If europe is health conscious they’ll love the products. I’ve been encouraging Ukraine to be progressive and use good environmental techniques. Forget the oil and gas use alternative energy sources. Ukrainians have always been people of the earth…The industrial age is over…Be ahead of the curve. Everyone will be healthier and happier. Go to smaller businesses instead of bigger. Be a good environmental example in the world. You’ll have many on your side. Environmental tourism. I remember seeing the beautiful and quiant little houses all painted up with murals and lovely little fences with lovely gardens going thru various parts of Ukraine. I’ve never seen anything so lovely. Everyone keeps commenting aboout St. Petersburg. OIY a gloomy city at best. Ukraine be an organic peasant country side. Romanticize that part of your history….Many in the world love that simplicity.
frankly the propaganda commenters used here should be changed, they are overacting & too fake to be really credible. Instead of generating sympathy to the Ukrainians, it would only invite disgust. that’s why western propaganda is losing to the Russians.invest in more educated errand boys,