Business news from Ukraine


Grano Trade LLC (Kyiv) intends to build a full-cycle pig farm in the village of Zabilivschyna (Chernihiv region), designed for the constant maintenance of 250 sows producing up to 8,600 marketable piglets per year, according to the data of the Unified Register of Environmental Impact Assessment of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine.
According to the published data, the construction of the farm is planned on a plot with a total area of ​​9.63 hectares, leased by Grano Trade. Previously, no livestock activities were carried out on this territory.
It is clarified that the project includes the construction of a pigsty for 250 animals, a fattening pigsty, a feed room, a sanitary inspection room, a solid fuel boiler house, a loading ramp, a sanitary slaughterhouse, a plant for thermal destruction of animal by-products, closed manure storage facilities, two artesian wells and other auxiliary buildings.
The enterprise under construction provides for a technological process according to Danish technology, based on keeping separate groups of animals in special rooms with their differentiated feeding. The pigs are planned to be kept on slatted floors without bedding with the equipment of the premises with a system of self-removal of animal waste.
The project of the pig complex provides for a full three-phase cycle of breeding marketable piglets, consisting of a 28-day breeding cycle, a 53-day rearing cycle and an 86-day piglet feeding cycle. Thus, the cycle from birth to shipment of marketable animals for slaughter is 167 days, which makes it possible to implement two complete livestock breeding cycles per year (total – 8,600 animals per year).
According to the register, the expansion of the enterprise’s capacity will contribute to an increase in the range of meat products in the region, increase tax revenues to the local budget and create new jobs.
According to the Unified State Register of Legal Entities and Individual Entrepreneurs, Lion Konovaliuk is the ultimate beneficiary of Grano Trade LLC.
According to the data on the company’s website, the main activity of Grano Trade is the purchase and trading of basic agricultural crops: wheat, corn, barley, sunflower and rapeseed. Grano Trade cooperates with more than 1,000 agricultural producers with a land bank from 3,000 to 20,000 hectares.

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The founder and majority shareholder of the Ukrainian agricultural holding KSG Agro Serhiy Kasianov plans to build a pig-breeding complex in Kazakhstan for 200,000 heads, investments will amount to $50 million, the press service of the company told Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday.
“Kazakhstan has an advantageous geographical position, a land border with China. There is no African swine fever, which today is the main obstacle for many countries in the world to export pork to the Chinese market. There is a great interest of the government of Kazakhstan in supporting and creating conditions for such a project, but there are no people with experience in creating such enterprises from scratch. KSG Agro has both qualified personnel and experience in raising purebred pigs,” the press service of the company quoted Kasianov as saying.
The press service of the agricultural holding said that the Swiss companies participating in the project will supply technologies and animals of Swiss genetics to Kazakhstan. In particular, one of the investors is KS Genetic (Switzerland), which is chaired by Filippo Lombardi, ex-chairman of the Council of States of Switzerland.
The project of the livestock complex includes two sow farms with 4,000 sows each, which will make it possible to keep 200,000 heads of pigs per year, as well as a feed mill. The annual design production capacity is about 20,000 tonnes of meat.
According to Kasianov, the prospective markets for the products are China, Vietnam and South Korea.
The press service of KSG Agro said that it is not yet planned to attract credit or own funds of the Ukrainian agricultural holding for the implementation of the Kazakh project.
Currently, negotiations are underway with a number of potential investors on financial participation in the Kazakh project. The issue of attracting investors to the charter capital of KSG Agro for the development of the company’s meat processing facilities and its entry into new markets for finished products of the livestock industry is also being discussed.

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KMZ Industries (Karlivka Machine Building Plant, Poltava region), a leading supplier of integrated solutions for grain storage and processing in Ukraine, in 2020 will provide Batkivschyna farm LLC (Chernihiv region) with transport equipment (conveyors and elevators) as part of the next expansion of the customer’s elevator capacity.
According to a press release from KMZ Industries, the agricultural enterprise with which the plant has been cooperating for the third year will be supplied with 13 chain conveyors with a total length of 300 meters and five bucket elevators with a capacity of 175 tonnes/hour with a total length of 198 meters.
According to the press service, in October of this year, KMZ Industries installed four grain storage silos for Batkivschyna out of the eight delivered by the plant back in 2017 with a total volume of 136,000 cubic meters of one-time storage (four more were installed at the end of 2019).
“This year Batkivschyna LLC has fixed a new record of wheat yield in our country at 10.1 tonnes/ha. And it will be stored in the silos of our production,” the press service said citing head of the regional office of KMZ Industries Vladyslav Perekhodko.
KMZ Industries manufactures silos on a flat base, with a conical bottom, silos for storing flour, Brice-Baker mine grain dryers (British design) and particle board (Ukrainian design), transport equipment (bucket elevators, chain, belt and screw conveyors), separators for grain cleaning, assembles and automates elevator equipment and technological processes at granaries.

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On October 30, the Ukrainian company WindFarm and the Chinese company PowerChina signed a contract on the joint implementation of a project for the construction of an 800 MW wind farm with a capacity of over $1 billion in Manhush and Nikolske districts of Donetsk region, Board Chairman of the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA) Andriy Konechenkov has said.
“The specifics of this project is that it does not provide for a feed-in tariff. This is the first robin in the electricity market, the first project that will compete with conventional generation in real conditions,” he told Interfax-Ukraine.
At the same time, according to him, the project provides for local content policy or local components, which gives rise to the development of national wind energy production.
“How the payment for this local component will be carried out remains to be decided,” Konechenkov said.
He also said that the Chinese company is participating in this project “as an investor in a large, transparent project that does not depend on the ffeed-in tariff,” which, according to him, has already exhausted itself given the crisis of non-payments.
“It is necessary to start working on new technologies. Moreover, the issue is related to the reintegration of the regions, the launch of new environment-friendly production,” the board chairman of the UWEA said, noting that investors are currently not considering the possibility of participating in “green auctions” due to weak predictability of conditions and timing of their implementation.
At the same time, he expressed the hope that the experience and capabilities of the Chinese investor will contribute to the implementation of the project as soon as possible, noting that PowerChina is ready to work on the basis of the support of a domestic manufacturer and financing of European wind turbines.
Konechenkov said that this project, which has been in preparation for about a year, will become the largest onshore wind farm in Europe.
According to the data on the UWEA website, PowerChina, which specializes in the design and construction of energy and transport facilities, is in the top 100 largest companies in the country and in the top 500 largest companies in the world. In particular, it owns the Three Gorges, the world’s largest hydroelectric dam with a capacity of 22.5 GW.
The WindFarm team has developed a portfolio of wind power plants with a total capacity of 1.3 GW, of which more than 400 MW have already been put into operation.
Both companies are members of the UWEA.

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