Sunflower oil production in Ukraine will reach a new record

In Ukraine, as of April 1, 2020, 10.2 million tons of oilseeds were processed, which is 45.9% of the gross yield. It is reported by the Association “Ukrolіyprom”.



“According to the results of 2019/20 MY, the production of sunflower oil will reach a record high of 6.6-6.7 million tons, which is 2-3% more than last season,” analysts said.



From the beginning of the season, Ukrainian producers processed 9 million tons (59% of the gross harvest) of sunflower, 0.8 million tons (21.6%) – soybeans, and 0.4 million tons (12.2%) – rapeseed.



Oil and fat production in Ukraine for September-March:


  • unrefined sunflower oil amounted to almost 3 897.6 thousand tons, which is 11.7% higher than last year;
  • refined sunflower oil – 536.2 thousand tons (+ 21%);
  • soybean oil – 161 thousand tons (+ 3.8%);
  • sunflower meal – 3 568 thousand tons (+ 3.2%);
  • soybean meal – 662.17 thousand tons (+ 2.3%).


The production of rapeseed oil in July-March amounted to 160.5 thousand tons, which is 27% more than the same period last season.

Ukraine increased grain exports, compared with last year

The volume of grain exports from Ukraine since the beginning of 2019/20 MY as of April 28, 2020 exceeded 50 million, which is 7.7 million tons (or 18%) higher than last year (42.3 million tons).



This is evidenced by the data of the State Fiscal Service, the Information and Analytical Portal of the Agro-Industrial Complex of Ukraine says.



Thus, almost 18.9 million tons have been exported since the beginning of the season, which is 4.6 million tons or 31.7% higher than last year.



Barley supplies to foreign markets amounted to almost 4.64 million tons (+ 37.3%). Export of rye amounted to 8.2 thousand tons against 88.2 thousand tons at the same date last year.



Exports of corn to foreign markets during the reporting period exceeded 25.8 million tons (+ 8.2%).



At the same time, the export of Ukrainian flour reached almost 292.6 thousand tons, which is 21.3% more than a year earlier.

Ukraine is working to restore poultry exports

The State Consumer Service asks the EU and Asia to lift export restrictions that have arisen from the bird flu outbreak in January 2020. About it told in. at. Olga Shevchenko, the chairman of the State Consumer Service, reports to ProAgro Group, citing



  “We are actively working to lift the restrictions on avian influenza outbreaks that were recorded in January in Ukraine in January. This is the only outbreak to date and has been completely eliminated. a number of other countries, such as the Arab Emirates, Moldova and others, are an achievement, “Olga Shevchenko said.

The Desi Doll company wins the Queens Award for Enterprise

A North London based company has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade 2020.



The queens award for enterprise is the most celebrated accolade a British business can have.



The Desi Doll Company is one of 220 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Announced today, The Desi Doll Company has been recognised for its excellence and outstanding success in International Trade.



The Desi Doll Company was set up in 2008 and designs, manufactures and distributes unique and interactive educational Islamic toys.



Turnover has been doubling year on year for the last 3 years with export business now accounting for over 50% of annual turnover in over 30 different countries across 5 continents.



Farzana Rahman the founder and Director of the company, said that the business was inspired by her own children, to combine three of her passions, faith, family and fun.



“I operated on my own for many years, whilst I built a strong team around me. We have grown organically since then to become the world’s leading Islamic toy supplier. Our business performs a very important role, ensuring that muslim children can learn about their faith with fun, interactive toys that nurture love and confidence.

We are delighted to have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade and see it not only as a huge honour, but also as an incredible achievement that reflects our hard work in creating export markets around the globe.

It’s a very proud moment for me, my family, my colleagues and my community, knowing that Her Majesty The Queen personally approves the winners.”



Now in its 54th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.



The Desi Doll Company will celebrate its award during a royal reception for Queen’s Awards winners in the summer.

Saudi Arabia has purchased 60,000 tonnes of Ukrainian wheat

A state buyer of grain in Saudi Arabia, SAGO has purchased 60,000 tonnes of Ukrainian wheat with an average protein content of 11-12% from the investment firm SALIC, marking its first overseas agricultural investment aimed at improving food security in the country. writes about it, citing Reuters.



“60,000 tonnes were purchased from SALIC,” the statement said.



According to the material, the cargo was purchased at a cost of $ 248 / tonne, after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s private investors owning agricultural lands abroad on April 6 provided about 10% of local needs this year.



The newspaper writes that Saudi Arabia will continue to buy wheat.

Egg production in households increased

Egg production in Ukraine in January-March 2020 amounted to 3.757 billion pieces, which is 0.1% lower than in the same period in 2019 (3.759 billion pieces).



It is reported by the Union of Poultry Breeders of Ukraine with reference to the data of the State Statistics Service.



In particular, egg production in the reporting period on the basis of specialized agricultural enterprises of Ukraine decreased by 0.8% to 2.333 billion pcs from 2.356 billion pcs in January-March 2019.



Egg production for the three months of 2020 on the basis of households increased by 1.2% – 1.42 million units compared to 1.4 million units.

Dairy products whose exports fell the most

According to the results of the first quarter of 2020, Ukraine exported dairy products totaling $ 44.7 million, which is 9.3% less than last year. At the same time, imports rose to $ 67.4 million (+ 167.5%).



In just 3 months of 2020, Ukraine became a net importer of dairy products, the Association of Dairy Producers (APM) said in a statement.



It is noted that the largest reduction in exports is noted in the oil trade, which decreased by 47.2% to 3.1 thousand tons. A failure in more than 39% occurred in the positions of whey and casein: up to 4.8 thousand tons and 402 t respectively.



“Cheeses also experienced a significant export drop: up to 1.2 thousand tons (-26.1%), condensed milk and cream – 4.4 thousand tons (-25.3%), non-condensed milk and cream – up to 4, 4 thousand tons (-25.3%). The group of fermented milk products experienced the smallest reduction in export supplies, but the decline was also significant: 9.8%, to 1.3 thousand tons. The only group of dairy products that showed an increase in exports was ice cream – 12.1% to 1.3 thousand. . t, ​​”the report said.



Analysts note that a critical drop in exports began last year due to a number of problems in the dairy industry, as well as a serious strengthening of the national currency. At the same time, due to the latter factor and a decrease in import duties on dairy products, importers of dairy products have significantly intensified. In the new year, the problems that remained were joined by the coronavirus pandemic, low oil prices and a global recession. Interestingly, the global quarantine and transnational logistical restrictions, it turns out, did not prevent Ukraine from continuing to increase the import of dairy products, which is observed for all groups of dairy products.



“In the new year, oil imports are most striking, reaching 2.8 thousand tons, and growth compared to the same period last year amounted to 1223%. The sky-high figures are also demonstrated by imports of milk and cream of non-condensed milk – 626% (up to 2.8 thousand tons) and casein – 427% (up to 58 tons). The increase in imports of cheese (by 152% to 10.2 thousand tons), dried and condensed milk (by 119% to 1 thousand tons), whey (by 119%, to 1.2 thousand tons), ice cream (by 64.3%, up to 46 tons), groups of fermented milk products (27.9% up to 1.8 thousand tons), ”the association notes.



According to the APM, the entire last year saw a monthly non-stop drop in the positive trade balance, and by the end of 2019, the balance of imports and exports of dairy products was zero. Today, Ukraine already has a negative balance in the trade in dairy products, which amounts to $ 22.7 million.



“In just three months of the new year, Ukraine has become a net importer of dairy products,” analysts say.

MHP chicken meat exports dipped 12% due to bird flu

In January – March 2020, the MHP agricultural holding increased the total production of chicken by 4% to 178.64 thousand tons.

This was said in a statement.



As noted, as a result of the closure of markets, which led to a decrease in export sales, the total sales of chicken to third parties in the first quarter. 2020 decreased by 4% and amounted to 157.73 thousand tons compared with 164 thousand tons in the first quarter. 2019 year



MHP chicken meat exports for the reporting period amounted to 82 thousand tons, which is 12% lower than in the same period last year (Q1 2019: 93 thousand tons), with a significant reduction in export geography. Export sales this year amounted to about 52% compared to 57% for January – March 2019.



Domestic sales grew by 7% compared to the same period last year and amounted to 75.68 thousand tons. The growth was due to an increase in the share of frozen chicken (following the strategy for reducing stock balances).



“The outbreak of bird flu H5N1 in Ukraine (Vinnytsia region) was announced in the I quarter of 2020 and caused a temporary cessation of exports from Ukraine to the EU (restored in early March 2020), Saudi Arabia and other markets in the Middle East (restored in February and March 2020 ), as well as to the CIS countries (it is expected that they will open in May 2020). In order to mitigate the adverse impact on the activities and profitability of MHP, the Company’s management decided to reduce the use of the capacity of poultry complexes by about 10% (from February to the end of March 2020). Since the beginning of April, all the poultry production facilities of the company continue to work at full capacity again, ”MHP said.



At the same time, sales of MHP sunflower oil decreased by 19% and amounted to 80.71 thousand tons (I quarter of 2019 at 99.83 thousand tons), sales of soybean oil for export decreased by 29% and amounted to 15.152 thousand . t.



The sales of sausages and finished meat products in January-March 2020 remained relatively stable and amounted to 7.86 thousand tons compared to 7.57 thousand tons in the same period a year earlier. The sales volume of semi-finished products remained relatively stable and amounted to more than 4 thousand tons.

Turkey leads in import of Ukrainian soybeans from the beginning of the year

According to the results of the first quarter of 2020, Ukraine exported 630.4 thousand tons of soybeans for $ 217.4 million.



This is evidenced by the data of the State Customs Service of Ukraine.



The main importers of Ukrainian soybeans in the reporting period were:

Turkey – by $ 55.5 million (25.51%);
Belarus – by $ 49.8 million (22.93%);
Greece – by $ 21 million (9.67%);
others – by $ 91.1 million (41.9%).

Agricultural price index fell almost 10%

In Ukraine, the price index for agricultural products in the I quarter of 2020 decreased by 7.3% compared with the same period last year.



This is evidenced by the data of the State Statistics Service.



In particular, in the reporting period, the price index of crop production decreased by 7.6% compared to the 1st quarter of 2019, livestock production – by 4.9%.



According to data, in March 2020, the price index for agricultural products in Ukraine decreased by 3.2% compared to March last year. In the segment of crop production, the decrease reached 3.2%, livestock – 3.6%.



At the same time, if we compare the indicator for the first quarter of 2020 with the fourth quarter of 2019, the price index for agricultural products grew by 9.7%, where growth in the crop segment fell by 13%. However, in the livestock segment, a decrease in the price index by 5.2% was recorded.