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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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PEPSICO CONSIDERS TO PLACE PRODUCTION OF LAY’S CHIPS IN UKRAINE

PepsiCo Ukraine, one of the largest producers of food and beverages, is considering the localization of production of Lay’s chips. “PepsiCo Ukraine to further meet the demand of consumers is working to improve the efficiency of work. Localization of production is one of the ways. To this end, we are studying and analyzing the Ukrainian agrarian sector, its potential,” the press service of the company told Interfax-Ukraine.
PepsiCo produces chips under the Lay’s brand in Poland. PepsiCo in Ukraine owns five enterprises: a plant for processing fruits, vegetables and juice production (Mykolaiv region), a plant for production of juices, carbonated drinks and cold tea (Mykolaiv region), Kharkiv Dairy Plant (Kharkiv), Kyiv Dairy Plant (Kyiv region), where Agusha baby food factory, launched in 2012, is also located.

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UKRAINE TO KEEP STEEL PRODUCTION IN AUGUST AT 1.8 MLN TONNES LEVEL

Ukrainian metallurgical enterprises intend to keep steel smelting in August 2018 at the level of planned indicators of July, at 1.8 million tonnes. According to the Ukrmetalurgprom association, the plan for August also provides for the preservation of total rolled steel production at the level of 1.6 million tonnes and keeping pig iron smelting at the level of 1.8 million tonnes.
According to its data, in June cast iron production totaled 1.63 million tonnes (103% compared to May 2018), steel production was 1.71 million tonnes (101%), that of rolled products some 1.52 million tonnes (98%).
In January-June 2018 production of iron ore concentrate stood at 30.22 million tonnes (99.5% compared to the same period in 2017), agglomerate at 15.43 million tonnes (106%), pellets at 10.63 million tonnes (109%), coke at 5.37 million tonnes (106%), pig iron at 10.15 million tonnes (108% taking into account the work of enterprises in the temporarily uncontrolled area and 114% without taking them into account), steel at 10.39 million tonnes (101% and 106% respectively), rolled products at 9.25 million tonnes (105% and 110% respectively), and pipes at 544,000 tonnes (109%).
“Despite the loss of part of the capacity in the uncontrolled territory, an increase in production of main types of goods was observed in the six months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. This became possible due to stabilizing the supply of iron ore raw materials and coke to the enterprises, as well as commissioning blast furnace No. 3 at Zaporizhstal after reconstruction,” the report says.

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