On October 25th - 26th, 2016 took part the conference "Sourcing Organic from Ukraine" with the support of the Government of Switzerland through the State Secretariat of Switzerland for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany ( BMEL) in Frankfurt am Main (Germany).

The conference was organized by Thoralf Richter, representing the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL, Switzerland), in collaboration with FiBL Projekte GMbH (Germany), AFC Consultants International (Germany), IAK (Germany), the project "Agritrade Ukraine" and the consulting body "QueS”(Ukraine).

The conference provided an opportunity for constructive dialogue between Ukrainian representatives, policymakers from Ukraine and the European Union (EU), regulatory authorities, importers and processors. During the conference, it was recognized that Ukraine is a necessary and indispensable supplier, able to meet the high demand for organic raw materials (especially cereals, soybeans) in Western Europe. Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine for European Integration, who also attended the conference, emphasized that the development of organic agriculture and the organic sector is one of the key objectives of agricultural policy.

The participants of the meeting discussed in great detail and openly the issue of the still insufficient transparency of export of organic products from Ukraine. Thus, it was concluded that problems are often caused by lack of knowledge among the employees of enterprises and difficulties in managing large enterprises. Among the participants of the conference were representatives of three leading organic enterprises of Ukraine, which export organic products to different countries of the European Union: Yevgeny Misnyk (Golden Parmen), Oleg Maksak (Granit-Agro), and Andriy Nikolayuk (Ethno Product).

Another important topic for discussion at the meeting was the lack of a single interpretation of the EU Directives: EU countries and even the individual federal states of Germany interpret EU rules differently. According to most traders and processors, as well as exporters and importers, it costs a lot of time, money and energy. In view of the above situation, it can be concluded that there is still a great need for improvement.

Olga Trofimtseva expressed her support for the beginning of intensive dialogue, because all parties are interested in it. EU representatives, for their part, called for full compliance with the requirements laid down in the Directives and stressed the need to focus on market problems. This is fundamental to improving the situation and must be recognized by all market players.

 

Source: FiBL

picture: fr-online.de

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