KYIV. May 29 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukraine as of May 19 had sowed grains and leguminous crops on 6.8 million hectares, or 94% of the forecast.
According to the Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food, spring wheat was sown on 172,000 hectares (or 97% of the plan), spring barley on 1.56 million hectares (95%), oats on 197,000 hectares (95%), peas on 382,000 hectares (116%), and corn on 4.2 million hectares (94%).
Sugar beets were sown on 309,000 hectares (106%), sunflower on 5.1 million hectares (95%), and soybeans on 1.7 million hectares (88%).
The ministry noted the condition of grains and industrial crops is predominantly good and satisfactory.
As reported, with reference to the ministry, the area under spring crops will amount to 7.2 million hectares in 2017, including 2.4 million hectares under early crops.
KYIV. May 26 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Over 3.5 million biometric passports, also known as e-passports, had been issued as of May 24, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.
“As of today, as the State Migration Service can confirm, over 3.5 million biometric passports had been issued,” he said at a meeting in Volyn regional administration on preparations for the day when visa-free travel rules with the European Union become effective.
About 19,000-20,000 e-passports are issued per day at the moment, he added.
KYIV. May 26 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrspyrt plans to sign an agreement on the supply of 50,000 decaliters (dal) of alcohol to Azerbaijan.
According to a company press release, in near future the Republic of Azerbaijan will be delivered a batch of 10,000 decaliters of Pshenychna Slioza high-purity alcohol.
The company noted since the beginning of the year Ukrspyrt has been working on the development of export potential and restoration of working relations with foreign partners, in particular, it has signed agreements on alcohol supplies with Georgia, Hungary, Poland and Azerbaijan.
As reported, Ukrspyrt in January-March 2017 increased alcohol production in comparison with the same period in 2016 by 4.3%, to 2.36 million decaliters.
The net profit of Ukrspyrt in 2016 was UAH 97.1 million against a net loss of UAH 84 million for 2015.
Production at Ukrspyrt enterprises in 2016 increased by 2%, to UAH 1.822 billion in comparison with the previous year. The share of ethyl spirit in total output is 93.5%.
KYIV. May 26 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Delta Bloc International GmbH (Austria) is looking for partners in Ukraine to organize production of reinforced concrete roadside guard rails, company regional manager Helmut Leitgeb has said.
“What we intend to do here is to find production partners to transfer our know-how and organize local production of these fences… We cooperate with Ukrcement because the main component of the recipe depends on concrete,” Leitgeb said at the seventh Ukrainian Cement Forum 2017.
According to him, reinforced concrete road fences produced by the company comply with European standard EN 1317 and were tested in 150 crash tests. Their main difference from other similar fences is the strength and mobility of structures, due to what the fences do not collapse in a collision with a vehicle but move slightly, not allowing it to go beyond the road.
“Even a large truck or a bus can be stopped by such a fence, and this is its main difference,” the expert said.
Delta Bloc was founded in 2000 as an independent subsidiary of MABA Precast Concrete, part of Kirchdorfer Group, to focus on international business development in the field of protective concrete fences.
As of May 2017 Delta Bloc has branches in Germany, Slovenia, the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom and South Africa.
KYIV. May 26 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has stated the liberalization of forex regulations is possible within further decisions to weaken monetary policy, NBU Acting Head Yakiv Smoliy has said.
“The NBU board considers it possible to weaken monetary policy not only by reducing the refinancing rate, but also by liberalizing currency regulation,” he said during a press briefing in Kyiv.
According to the banker, these decisions will primarily concern the increase in the timing for returning foreign exchange earnings to the country to 180 days from 120 days. The NBU also intends to provide investors with the opportunity to return funds invested in Ukraine.
“Until now it has been forbidden to buy and transfer foreign currency for the return abroad of funds received by foreign investors from the sale of corporate rights, reduction of charter capital, and withdrawal from societies. We plan to allow such operations,” Smoliy said.
At the same time, to prevent withdrawal of capital from Ukraine through shadow schemes, the NBU will make sure these operations comply with conditions.
KYIV. May 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – ENTSO-E (the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity) has agreed the final version of the agreement on the joining of Ukrainian and Moldovan energy systems to the continental network of Europe.
According to the press service of Ukrenergo, the decision was made in Lisbon (Portugal) on May 23. The agreement is to be signed in June 2017.
“The signing of the agreement in June 2017 should be the starting point for the beginning of integration of the united energy system of Ukraine to the European Union,” the report reads.
The press service said synchronization with ENTSO-E will enhance the reliability of the united energy system of Ukraine and, in particular, reduce the dependence on stability of coal supplies to power stations. Ukraine will also be able to receive technological assistance from the neighboring energy systems.
Simultaneous work with ENTSO-E will allow increasing exports of electricity to Europe, which will automatically improve the investment attractiveness of the country’s energy sector. In particular, exports could increase from the current 5 billion kWh to 18-20 billion kWh with additional revenues of up to $1.5 billion. At the same time, Ukrainian hydropower plants will be able to take part in balancing peak loads of adjacent power systems of European countries.