Ukraine and the United States have agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation mechanisms on veterinary and biosecurity requirements, and discussed joint initiatives at the global level regarding common requirements under trade agreements and individual bilateral veterinary certificates, the Economy Ministry said on its website. The corresponding decision was made during a meeting between First Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Economy Oleksiy Liubchenko and Acting Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Jason Hafemeister during a working visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the United States.
According to the ministry, the parties also confirmed a common vision of the strategic goals of agricultural policy in matters of climate neutrality and overcoming hunger. In addition, Ukraine and the United States agreed on a common position within the framework of the UN Food Systems Summit, which will be held on September 23 this year, to achieve sustainable development goals, including overcoming hunger.
In addition, the Ukrainian side called on American companies to increase the supply of modern technologies in the Ukrainian market. The parties also discussed the involvement of American companies in the implementation of land reclamation projects in Ukraine as part of efforts to counter the negative consequences of climate change.
The inconsistency of Ukraine’s biosecurity measures with those of the importing countries hinders exports of fruits and berries from Ukraine, the Ukrsadprom association has stated.
According to a press release of the association, today, unlike the main exporting countries, Ukraine demonstrates sharp fluctuations in the volume of exports and instability of supplies.
“For comparison, in recent years exports of fruits and berries from Poland exceed $1 billion, while for Ukraine this volume reaches $150-200 million, so Ukraine exports six times less fruit and berry products than its European neighbor,” the report says.
The association is convinced that the coordination of mutual recognition of biosecurity measures will allow establishing trade, ensuring the social and economic development of Ukraine, stimulating the development of the horticulture and berry-growing sector in Ukraine and help attract investments in long-term agricultural and infrastructure projects.
To solve the problem of biosecurity measures inconsistency, Ukrsadprom appealed to First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Stepan Kubiv with the request to instruct his ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumers’ Rights Protection to coordinate the mutual recognition of biosecurity measures with the potential importing countries for exports of fruits, berries, as wells as planting stock.