Media release of the Ukrainian National Pavilion: ploughing the ground for organic growth

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11 Ukrainian companies participated as exhibitors at BioFach 2016 in Nuremberg (Germany) offering a wide range of organic products for which Ukraine is famous, including cereals, oil crops, pulses, sunflower seeds and oil, groats/flakes, wild/ cultivated berries and berry paste, plus certification services. The Ukrainian National Pavilion attracted much attention from many thousands visitors from all over the world, as the dynamically growing organic sector of Ukraine is in the spotlight of identifying new sourcing opportunities for the fast growing organic food consumption worldwide. BioFach (Germany) is the biggest trade fair for organic products worldwide, with more than 2,500 exhibitors from almost 90 countries.
According to the data from the Organic Federation of Ukraine, the organically certified area in Ukraine is increasing steadily. Currently, around 400,000 hectares of agricultural land is cultivated with organic practices, relating to almost 200 organic producers. Organic farming is also one of the priority areas within the Single and Comprehensive Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development in Ukraine for 2015-2020 issued by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food. In the coming years, a further expansion of organic surfaces is expected.
“Ukraine is widely known for being the ‘bread basket of Europe; thanks to the country’s size and its widespread fertile black soils, Ukraine has very favourable production conditions.”, says Sergiy Galashevskyy, the general manager of Organic Standard certification body from Ukraine. “Whereas before Ukraine was considered to be a novice in the organic production, thanks to the available experience, Ukraine has become an equal partner in the organic world”.
“The fair surprised us and exceeded our expectations”, says Gleb Lukyanenko, the general manager of Agroecology PE. “Although our company is a pioneer in organic production in Ukraine, it is the first time we have taken part in BioFach and it realize that role of BioFach in Ukraine is underestimated. Visiting the fair is crucial to understand the real demand for organic produce – and market tendencies and business opportunities”.
In the context of BioFach, the Forum “UKRAINE AS A RELIABLE ORGANIC SUPPLIER” was one of the highlights for Ukrainian exhibitors. Organised on 11 February, it gathered around 80 stakeholders from about 10 countries. Participating organic trading companies from different European countries emphasized the outstanding role of Ukraine as a promising organic producing and exporting country. “Thanks to this Forum, we have started a constructive open dialogue with the European Commission how to improve trade relationships and sourcing from Ukraine”, says Ksenia Gladchenko, the director of QueS LLC consultancy body. The Consulate General of Ukraine in Munich, Mr. Kostyuk, also highlighted the importance of such cooperation and expressed his support to the participants of the Forum, which hopefully will become a tradition in the context of BioFach.
“All in all, the Ukrainian National Pavilion was a full success”, summarizes Kateryna Malkova (Shor), the project manager of Information Centre “Green Dossier” as one of the organizers. “The impact of our pavilion was excellent, promoting not only the exhibiting companies but the image of our country, in general. We have impressed visitors with our open and hospitable way of presenting ourselves!”. According to Olena Berezovska, the chair of Organic Ukraine Public Union of producers of certified organic products, Ukraine is also undergoing an important process: “Ukraine is increasingly seen not only as an important producer of organic raw material, but also a legitimate business partner to offer processed products of good quality.”
“Of course, the scale of the fair is impressive and the success of each country depends to the cooperation of all interested parties. We had meetings with the representatives of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary to get to know their experience in participating in this event. The development of organic production in these countries is supported by the state to a great extend. Each country has own strategies to attract attention, and Ukraine is looking for own strategy, but we already see the perspectives to promote public-private partnerships in this regard”, says Anton Porembskyy, the head of the Department for Agroindustrial Complex of Derzhzovnishinform SC.
The Ukrainian National Pavilion was organized by the Consortium of three Ukrainian key organic stakeholders: Information Centre “Green Dossier”, Organic Standard certification body and QueS consultancy body. Besides the 11 exhibiting companies, the Ukrainian pavilion was supported by the Swiss-Ukrainian Project “Organic Market Development in Ukraine”, implemented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and funded by the Swiss Confederation through the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), and the Project “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood (EaP GREEN)”, funded by the European Commission and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Additional support was obtained from the State Enterprise National Research and Information Centre for Monitoring International Commodity Markets (Derzhzovnіshіnform, DZI), which is a leading research and expert centre managed by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.

Exhibitors of the Ukrainian National Pavilion at the BioFach 2016 were:


Contacts for inquiries concerning the Ukraine National Pavilion and cooperation on organic in Ukraine
Ksenia Gladchenko, Sergiy Galashevskyy and Kateryna Malkova (Shor) by biofach.ukraine(at)gmail.com

For more information visit the following web-sites:

For more information about BioFach www.biofach.de

Information for visitors of Biofach (in Ukrainian)

Find the National Pavilion of Ukraine on Facebook

Ukrainian country pavilion booklet

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