Business news from Ukraine

UKRAINE RAISES ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION BY 2.1% IN JAN-AUG

Electricity production in the united energy system of Ukraine in January-August 2018 increased by 2.1% (2.122 billion kWh) compared to the same period in 2017, to 104.285 billion kWh, the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry has told Interfax-Ukraine. Nuclear power plants (NPP) in the period reduced electricity production by 7.2%, to 54.111 billion kWh, in particular, electricity generation at Zaporizhia NPP amounted to 24.873 billion kWh (2.6% more compared to January-August 2017), Yuzhnoukrainsk NPP some 10.402 billion kWh (3.5% less), Rivne NPP to 9.435 billion kWh (25.3% less), Khmelnytsky NPP to 9.408 billion kWh (11.8% less).
Thermal power plants (TPP), as well as combined heat and power plants (CHPP) and cogeneration plants increased production by 10.3%, to 38.070 billion kWh. In particular, the generating companies of TPPs raised production by 11.7%, to 31.038 billion kWh, while CHPP and cogeneration plants by 4.6%, to 7.032 billion kWh.
Hydroelectric and hydroelectric pumped storage power plants increased generation by 32.5%, to 9.398 billion kWh, while block stations decreased it by 0.3%, to 970.3 million kWh.
Electricity production by non-traditional sources (wind power plants, solar stations, biomass) for the eight months increased by 37.5%, to 1.730 billion kWh.
The share of nuclear power plants in the structure of electricity production was 51.9% (in January-August 2017 some 57.1%), TPPs, CHPPs and cogeneration plants some 36.5% (33.8%), hydroelectric and hydroelectric pumped storage power plants some 9% (6.9%), block stations 0.9% (1%), and alternative sources 1.7% (1.2%).

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UKRAINE INCRESES MEAT AND EGGS PRODUCTION

The production of milk in Ukraine (excluding the temporarily occupied Crimea and Sevastopol, part of Donbas) in January-August 2018 declined by 2% compared to the same period in 2017, to 6.998 million tonnes. At the same time, egg production in the first eight months grew by 3% compared to the same period in 2017, to 11.069 billion eggs, the State Statistics Service of Ukraine said.
Production of meat (in live weight) in January-August 2018 grew by 0.1%, to 2.015 million tonnes.
According to earlier statistics reports, milk production in Ukraine in 2017 decreased by 0.5% from 2016, to 10.329 million tonnes, meat (in live weight) by 0.4%, to 3.259 million tonnes. Production of eggs in 2017 rose by 3.2%, to 15.578 billion eggs.

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GROSSDORF AGROCHEMICAL COMPANY LAUNCHES SECOND PLANT FOR PRODUCTION OF LIQUID CARBOMIDE-AMMONIUM FERTILIZERS IN ODESA REGION

Grossdorf agrochemical company (Cherkasy region) in Sarata (Odesa region) has launched new production of liquid carbomide-ammonium mixture fertilizers with a capacity of 60,000 tonnes per year. According to a company press release, with the opening of the plant its capacity in the area of liquid fertilizers production rose to 410,000 tonnes per year.
“Grossdorf receives raw materials from Europe and Central Asia, but transportation of these raw materials for production of carbomide-ammonium mixture from the central regions to the southern regions is expensive. Therefore we built a production base and a raw materials storage base in Sarata. The plans for 2019 are to diversify the markets for the supply of raw materials,” the release says.
According to Grossdorf Commercial Director Serhiy Ruban, the capacities launched will allow the company to provide the entire Odesa region with carbomide-ammonium fertilizers, and also consider the possibility of exporting fertilizers from the production unit in Sarata to Moldova.
Grossdorf (Cherkasy) was established in 2016. It is engaged in production, import, transportation of fertilizers, as well as providing services for the introduction of liquid ammonia. The company’s core business is the supply of basic fertilizers for precision farming.

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KYIVSKY CARDBOARD MILL SEES 16% RISE IN PRODUCTION

Kyivsky cardboard paper mill (Obukhiv, Kyiv region), a leader in Ukraine’s pulp and paper industry in terms of production and sales, produced goods worth UAH 3.565 billion in January-August 2018, which was 16.8% up year-over-year. Thus, production in the first eight months ending August 2018 somewhat increased compared to the same period last year, the UkrPapir association said.
Corrugated packaging output grew by 10.5%, to 154.93 million square meters, which was the second highest result among producers of corrugated packaging in Ukraine after Rubizhne cardboard packaging mill in Luhansk region (with Trypilsky packaging plant).
Production of cardboard increased 8.1%, to 137,840 tonnes. Production of package cardboard alone grew by 20.2%, to 93,960 tonnes, while box cardboard output fell by 11%, to 43,880 tonnes.
However, production of base paper (for sanitary products) stood at 52,480 tonnes, which is 6.2% up. Toilet paper output grew by 6%, to 280 million rolls.
Corrugated packaging output in total in Ukraine (including other producers) grew by 3% January through August 2018, to 667.37 million square meters, that of paper and cardboard increased by 6.7%, to 633,570 tonnes.
Kyivsky cardboard paper mill is one of the largest cardboard and paper producers in Europe. It employs almost 2,200 people. It sells produce to almost 700 companies in Ukraine, some CIS member states and the rest of the world.

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PROFITABILITY OF PRODUCTION OF GRAIN, SUGAR BEETS, VEGETABLES IN UKRAINE FALLS IN 2017

The profitability of grain production in Ukraine in 2017 was 25% compared to 37.8% in 2016, the State Statistics Service has reported. According to its data, in addition, last year the profitability of production of sunflower seeds decreased to 41.3% from 63% in 2016, sugar beets to 12.4% from 24.3%, open ground vegetables to 15.6% from 19.7%, while potatoes grew to 10% (minus 3.2%).
At the same time, for the first time since 1995, production of meat became profitable: 3.4% against 24.8% in 2016. Profitability of pork production was 3.5% against minus 4.5%, poultry some 7% against 5% in 2016.
The profitability of mutton production last year declined and amounted to minus 39.6% against minus 35.2% in 2016, eggs accounted for minus 9% against 0.5% in 2016.
According to the agency, the profitability of milk production in 2017 increased to 26.9% from 18.2%.

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LAW ON PRINCIPLES FOR ORGANIC PRODUCTS PRODUCTION AND LABELING COMES INTO EFFECT IN UKRAINE

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on basic principles and requirements for organic production, circulation and labeling of organic products, the presidential press service has said. According to the report, the implementation of the norms of the law will ensure the improvement and harmonization of the Ukrainian legislation with the legislation of the European Union in the sphere of production and circulation of organic goods and will help create transparent business conditions, reduce unfair competition, increase the competitiveness of domestic organic products and expand foreign markets for its sale.
The law establishes the basic principles and requirements for organic production, circulation and labeling of organic products, the basis for the legal regulation of organic production, the circulation of organic products and the functioning of the market of such goods. The legal basis for the activity of central executive authorities, the subjects of the organic products market and the direction of state policy in these areas are also defined.
As reported, the Verkhovna Rada on July 10 at second reading and as a whole adopted law No. 5448-d on basic principles and requirements for organic production, circulation and labeling of organic products. Some 237 people’s deputies voted for the document with the quorum being 226 votes.

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