Business news from Ukraine

GROSSDORF LAUNCHES PRODUCTION OF GRANULAR FERTILIZERS FOR PRECISION AGRICULTURE IN CHERKASY

Grossdorf agrochemical company has launched production of multicomponent solid granular mineral fertilizers with a total capacity of 35,000-50,000 tonnes per year in the village of Khatsky (Cherkasy region), Commercial Director of Grossdorf Serhiy Ruban has said during the official opening of production.
“The company plans to increase production capacity to 100,000-150,000 tonnes per year,” he said.
Grossdorf intends to produce fertilizers by the method of compacting: certain components under high pressure are compressed to form a single granule.
The company said in comparison with other methods of granule formation, the compactor allows quickly changing the component composition and producing goods with any number of components.
Grossdorf agrochemical company (Cherkasy) was established in 2016. It is engaged in production, import, transportation of fertilizers, as well as providing services for application of anhydrous ammonia. Its core business is the supply of basic fertilizers for precision farming. The capacity of liquid fertilizers production is 350,000 tonnes per year.

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GERMAN DEVELOPMENT BANK TO ISSUE $17 MLN LOAN TO OTP

The German Development Bank (KfW) will provide OTP Leasing (Kyiv) with a subordinated loan of $17 million under the Agrofinancing program.
According to a press release of KfW, the corresponding loan agreement was signed by the parties on June 19.
The loan is granted for seven years with payment at the end of the term.
“To date, KfW has cooperated with banks in the Ukrainian financial sector, but leasing is a good alternative for financing investments, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises in agricultural sector. Therefore we are very pleased with our new partner, OTP Leasing, and, providing it with a subordinated loan, we are implementing a new financial instrument in Ukrainian leasing,” KfW Director in Ukraine Lutz Horn-Haacke said.
According to the report, the loan attracted by OTP Leasing will allow to provide Ukrainian companies with $180 million financing this year instead of the planned $100 million.
OTP Leasing is part of the European financial group OTP Group. The company was founded in June 2008 as a subsidiary of OTP Bank. It provides a full range of leasing services, works with the leading manufacturers of machinery, equipment and vehicles.

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UKRAINE RAISES GAS STOCKS BY 1.4 TIMES

After the heating season had completed, Ukraine increased natural gas reserves in its underground storage facilities (UGS) by 2.971 billion cubic meters, according to data from PJSC Ukrtransgaz. Thus, from April 8 to June 16 gas reserves in storage facilities had grown by 40%, to 10.406 billion cubic meters from 7.435 billion cubic meters.
According to the calculations of Interfax-Ukraine, on June 1-16 gas stocks rose by 841.21 million cubic meters (52.58 million cubic meters per day), in May by 1.632 billion cubic meters (52.65 million cubic meters per day), April 9-30 by 500.84 million cubic meters (22.77 million cubic meters per day).
If the existing volumes of imports and current domestic production are preserved, in July the country have about 11.2 billion cubic meters of reserves in storage facilities.
Ukrtransgaz, 100% owned by Naftogaz Ukrainy, operates the system of trunk gas pipelines and 12 underground gas storage facilities of the country with a total capacity of 31 billion cubic meters.

KYIV CITY INTENDS TO EXPAND PARTNERSHIP WITH SHANGHAI

Deputy Chairman of Kyiv City State Administration (KCSA) Dmytro Davtian on June 18 discussed the possibility of mutual partnership with a delegation from Shanghai led by Vice Mayor Xu Kunlin, the administration’s press service has reported.
The parties agreed to expand and deepen mutual cooperation not only in the infrastructure and transport spheres, but also in tourism and IT industry.
“I consider China as a whole and Shanghai in particular as extremely important strategic partners for Kyiv. I am convinced that we should develop not only infrastructure and road areas that we have already outlined as promising. I’ve been in China twice in the past few months and I understand that the country is worthy of contacts as a technological leader and as a tourist destination. There are many areas. Shanghai’s development figures are impressive, and we would like to not just learn from experience – we prefer to be full partners with interesting investment projects,” Davtian said.
According to him, Kyiv has serious prospects for development, especially, “if we choose for orientation the cities that are developing in a reasonable and planned manner.”
“Shanghai is not only ready to sign official documents with Kyiv. Guests from China want a really warm partnership, and we support it, we are determined to be mutually beneficial,” Davtian said.
KCSA is planning a working visit of Ukrainian officials to Shanghai, as well as Ukraine’s participation in the first China International Import Expo, which is to be held in Shanghai in November.
Some 128 countries have already confirmed their participation in the exhibition, the guests said.

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UKRAINE REMAINS GRAIN HARVEST FORECAST AT 60 MLN TONNES

The grain harvest forecast in Ukraine remains at the level of 2017 – 60 million tonnes and more, despite that some regions in the south and east of the country have no rains, Ukraine’s Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry has reported. According to the report, since early April there were cases of drought in Ukraine, although rains in June stabilized the situation and brought most of the regions from the risk zone. “Rains have started and we expect that in general, gross early and late grain crop harvest will be at the level of the last year,” First Deputy Minister Maksym Martyniuk said.
He said that good hibernation of winter crops and moisture stock positively influenced the start of the harvesting campaign, and no plunge in the yield is expected.
As reported, Ukraine as of June 18, 2019 harvested first 10,500 tonnes of winter wheat.

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SUPREME COURT CONFIRMS UAH 431 MLN FINE IMPOSED ON LARGEST CIGARETTE DISTRIBUTOR TEDIS

The Supreme Court of Ukraine has confirmed the necessity of paying a UAH 431 million fine by the largest cigarette distributor Tedis Ukraine (earlier Megapolis-Ukraine) imposed by the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, Committee Head Yuriy Terentiev has said.
“The Supreme Court has decided in favor of the Antimonopoly Committee in a long lawsuit concerning Tedis, the distributor of cigarettes. The decision of the committee dated December 16, 2016 was retained with the exception of a little clarification regarding the way of fulfilling the obligation to establish a transparent pricing mechanism,” he wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
As reported, the committee at the end of 2016 imposed a fine of UAH 431 million on Tedis Ukraine for abuse of the monopoly position on the market, but the company appealed against this decision in court.

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