A law “On basic principles and requirements for organic production, circulation and labeling of organic products” came into force on August 2.
The law, in particular, meant to improve the legal regulation of organic production in Ukraine and bring it into line with the EU legislation, Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry of Ukraine reported on its website.
“Ukrainian domestic organic products are becoming more popular in the foreign markets: over the past few years our state has become an important supplier of the organic products to the western markets, being ranked the fourth among the exporters of the organic products to the EU countries,” the ministry said adding that all necessary regulatory legal enactments have been already drafted.
Besides, the lawmakers envisaged a mechanism for certification of the organic production. If the organic goods put up for sale without a respective certificate, sellers of such production will have to pay fines in amount of five to eight of minimum wages, reads a report on the ministry’s website.
According to new law, the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection will be a supervisor of organic production in Ukraine.
On July 10 the Verkhovna Rada at second reading and as a whole adopted bill No. 5448-d on basic principles and requirements for organic production, circulation and labeling of organic products, and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed it at the end of July. The law, in particular, establishes the basis for the legal regulation of organic production and the functioning of the market of such products.
Ukroliya (Poltava region) in January 2019 shipped a first batch of organic sunflower oil in the amount of 400 tonnes to the United States.
“In January 2019, we shipped the first batch of our organic oil of 400 tonnes to the United States,” PR Manager of Ukroliya Svitlana Lutsenko said at the third International Congress Organic Ukraine 2019, which took in Odesa on March 14 and March 15.
According to her, in 2018, the company exported 500 tonnes of classic organic oil, 400 tonnes of high oleic oil and 1,500 tonnes of organic sunflower oil cake.
“The projected volume of deliveries in 2019: 360 tonnes per month of organic sunflower high oleic oil; 100 tonnes per month of organic classical sunflower oil; 460 tonnes per month of organic sunflower oil cake,” Lutsenko said.
As reported, in November 2017 Ukroliya launched a plant for production of organic oil, Ukroliya Organic, in the village of Dykanka (Poltava region). Investments in it amounted to about UAH 50 million.
The company plans to process 18,000 tonnes of sunflower, 50,000 tonnes of soybeans a year, produce 7,020 tonnes of organic sunflower oil, 6,750 tonnes of organic soybean oil, 7,100 tonnes of cake, and 3,000 tonnes of sunflower husk.
Ukroliya was founded in 2001. It is engaged in production and sale of packed and bulk sunflower oil, sunflower meal, and husk. Its production facilities are located in the village of Dykanka and Zenkiv town (Poltava region).