The number of certified operators of organic production in Ukraine in 2018, according to preliminary data, increased to 588 from 504 compared with 2017, the relevant data are contained in the presentation of the Organic Ukraine public organization at the third international congress Organic Ukraine.
According to the presentation, out of the total number of operators there are 324 crop producers and 16 livestock producers.
“The area under organic farming will decrease by the end of 2018. The number of producers is increasing, while the area is decreasing. Large farms find it difficult to cope with the challenges associated with organic production. Some producers refuse to grow organic goods: they cannot fulfill the conditions, others are decertified,” Serhiy Halashevsky, the director of the Organic Standard certification authority, said.
According to him, the area under organic production will slightly reduce due to the fact that “the areas are reduced due to decertification and simultaneously the number of new producers who have passed the transition period and received the status of organic is increasing.”