Epicenter K, which has been developing agricultural business since 2016, has launched a seed plant in Khmelnytsky region. According to the group’s press release, the Cimbria seed line (Denmark) has been installed at the plant, which allows processing 80-100 tonnes of seeds per day in compliance with the technology of calibration, disinfection and packing.
“This year we’ve begun to work independently with seed material for our own needs. For the autumn sowing campaign, the enterprise prepared more than 2,000 tonnes of wheat seeds,” head of the Epicenter K agribusiness Vasyl Moroz said.
In addition, the group is currently negotiating with several foreign producers on the cultivation and processing of seed material for their needs. In the future, the company will switch to the cultivation of seed material of grain and leguminous crops with its subsequent refinement.
Epicenter K noted that for growing seeds, the agricultural holding has its own hybridization plots with irrigation equipment and rain machines.
The agricultural sector of the Epicenter K group of companies cultivates over 120,000 hectares of land in Vinnytsia, Khmelnytsky, Ternopil, Cherkasy, and Kyiv regions. The group also includes 20 livestock farms and six elevators. Epicenter K plans to reach one million tonnes of grain storage capacity.
The Epicenter K Group, developing the agricultural business since 2016, has invested UAH 6 billion in agriculture and plans to invest UAH 2.5 billion more in silos, the co-owner of the company Halyna Hereha said at the Forum of Innovative Production Facilities Development held in Bila Tserkva on Thursday.
“We have invested UAH 6 billion in the agricultural sector, and we need another UAH 2.5 billion to complete the silo project. These are not only our funds, but also loans. Last year, we started building three silos and reconstructing six. Therefore, now a big investment is unrealistic,” she told Interfax-Ukraine.
According to Hereha, the company also intends to develop the dairy business. “We have animal husbandry of 20 dairy farms, but the volumes are small. In the future we plan to develop the business. There is a question of processing milk. We have not invested in animal husbandry yet, but we are discussing this,” she said.
Hereha also said that Epicenter also postponed the oilseeds processing project due to the unfavorable situation on the oilseeds market. “At present, the oil industry is declining, as producers cannot agree among themselves and simply dump the market. Therefore, we have stopped the processing process in the oil industry, but in the future we will do something interesting,” she said.
Hereha added that Epicenter is actively introducing new technologies, in particular, updating equipment and investing in the laboratory and precision farming. “In addition, we have a woodworking plant in Ivano-Frankivsk region. Now it makes a lot of products, a large percentage of them is exported, and some of them are for sale in the Epicenter [network],” she said.
The Epicenter K Group, developing the agricultural business, plans to invest around EUR 5 million in purchase of 100 grain trucks.
According to the press service of the company, Epicenter will purchase the first 10 grain trucks by the end of February. The approximate cost of one truck is EUR 45,000.
“We are thinking about the alternative to the railway. This season we are exporting grain by grain trucks from the Hnivan and Nemyriv silos (Vinnytsia region). The difference in corn trucking from Nemyriv to the port compared to the railway is $ 2 per tonne, and this is a good bargaining price for corn. In addition, it gives us efficiency in work and ensures the implementation of contracts,” Deputy Head for Agriculture of the Silo Division of the Epicenter K Svitlana Nykytiuk said.
At the same time, according to her, the company plans to complete the construction of railway lines to silos in Vapniarka and Vendychany (Vinnnytsia region).
“At other facilities, there is a railway connection, except for our silo in Kyiv region. The automobile logistics is more interesting there than the railway one,” Nykytiuk said.
The company plans to increase the silo storage capacity to 750,000 or 1 million tonnes. In particular, in 2018, the company began the reconstruction of the Vinnnytsia and Zakupne silos and the construction of two new silo complexes in Vinnnytsia region with a total capacity of 500,000 tonnes. Investments amounted to UAH 800 million, and the launch is scheduled for July 2019.
In addition, Epicenter will increase the capacity of the Hnivan grain collecting station (by 60,000 tonnes), the Nemyriv silo (by 28,000 tonnes) and the Pererobnyk silo in Kyiv region (by 105,000 tonnes). In addition, Epicenter will build a second phase of a silo at Vapniarka.
Epicenter K, which has been actively developing agricultural business in the last two years, in 2019 will build five new elevators with a total value of about EUR50 million.
According to the press service of Epicenter, the company signed a contract for the construction of elevators with the Polish manufacturer of complex granaries Feerum S.A, which will provide a “supplier credit” to Epicenter for the implementation of the project. According to the Feerum website, the terms of the loan provide for an advance payment of 15%, the remaining 85% are payable within five years.
The total capacity of the new elevators will be 725,000 tonnes. The complexes will be located in Vinnytsia, Kyiv and Khmelnytsky regions. Commissioning is scheduled for September 2019.
According to the company, the new elevators will allow Epicenter K to become independent of the market shortage of grain storage capacities and provide grain storage services for other agricultural producers.
Epicenter K cultivates over 111,000 hectares in Vinnytsia, Khmelnytsky, Ternopil, Cherkasy, and Kyiv regions. The group also includes 20 livestock farms.
Epicenter K was created in 2003. The first construction hypermarket of the company was opened in Kyiv in December of the same year.
Epicenter K LLC (Kyiv), developing a network of eponymous DIY construction materials hypermarkets in Ukraine, as well as being the exclusive representative of the international sports brand Intersport, has opened the first multi-brand outlet shop Intersport in Ukraine. According to the press service of the company, the store is located in Berkovetska Street in Kyiv, its area is 2,800 square meters. Thus, the retailer expanded the network in Ukraine to 23 outlets.
“Brand clothes and Intersport’s own trademarks will be presented in the Intersport outlet in Berkovetska Street,” Director of Intersport Ukraine Yulia Maksymenko said. As reported, in 2015 Epicenter K signed a partnership agreement with Swiss-based IIC-Intersport International Corporation GMBH, which is one of the leaders in the world trade in sports goods.
The Intersport group of companies was established in 1968. The network has more than 5,500 stores in 44 countries of the world.
The Epicenter K Group, which was developing agricultural business in the past two years, plans to boost silo capacities to over 600,000 tonnes in 2018, Head of the Agricultural Division of the group Vitaliy Stavniychuk has said.
“At present, we have five silo complexes that can store 284,000 tonnes of grain. This year we are building and boosting the silo capacity. We will boost them to over 600,000 tonnes,” he said in an interview with the Business publication.
Stavniychuk said that the group plans to use silos in two stages – early crops (winter wheat and winter rapeseeds) and for the second stage is maize and sunflower.
Another strategic direction for the group is development of livestock breeding, Stavniychuk said.
“The top priority task is to increase numbers of high-quality milking cows. We plan to build farms with modern fodder and breeding system,” he said.
The group seeks to slightly increase its land bank in 2018, but the main goal is not the area, but the highest production efficiency.
The group plans to strengthen positions of agricultural business in the medium term outlook.