【DE】Prospects for animal husbandry in Ukraine

(DLG/APD). The DLG (German Agricultural Society) led on the 16th November 2022 held a specialist event on the topic of “Existence struggle of Ukrainian animal husbandry” in cooperation with the German-Ukrainian Agricultural Policy Dialogue (APD) as part of the EuroTier 2022 trade fair. Around 150 participants were also able to connect online to the event in the Convention Center. Representatives from agricultural policy, agricultural associations and agricultural enterprises as well as a large number of specialists from Ukraine, Germany and other countries were present. Two impulse lectures and a panel discussion with the participation of Ukrainian and international specialists dealt with the dramatic consequences of the Russian war of aggression for Ukrainian animal husbandry and the question of what opportunities there are to successfully and sustainably rebuild Ukrainian agriculture.


René Döbelt, chairman and vice-president of the DLG, expressed his respect for the fighting spirit and will to survive of Ukrainian farmers in his greeting and added that despite the adverse framework conditions, they do not lose the courage to fight for their country on the agricultural front. “The effects of the Ukraine war affect us all,” emphasized Döbelt, “The DLG and the EuroTier actively support Ukrainian colleagues. From every ticket sold to the EuroTier, we donate one euro to the Save UA Foundation, which helps the war-damaged farms in Ukraine. In addition, with EuroTier, we offer a platform on which forces and international know-how can be pooled to promote the reconstruction of sustainable, environmentally friendly and competitive livestock farming in Ukraine.”


Ophelia Nick, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, confirmed that Ukraine is an important partner in the world agricultural trade and that the country must receive the best possible support in this life-threatening situation – in addition to food aid, Germany also provides five million euros for the Ukrainian livestock industry for the procurement and distribution of veterinary medicines and consumables in Ukraine. German-Ukrainian cooperation projects have also been increased by more than two million euros and additional funds have been made available for further increase.


Taras Vysotsky, Ukraine’s first Deputy Minister of Agricultural Policy and Food, pointed out that animal husbandry will experience a new phase of development in the post-war period, which will enable the added value creation and job creation in this industry. However, ensuring adequate quality remains crucial. “We greatly appreciate that the EU market has been opened up to us and are ready to develop into a full player thanks to our competitiveness, but also the quality of our products and pricing policy,” says Vysotsky.


Olena Dadus, Deputy Head of the Department of Agricultural Development at the Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine, presented the current state of animal production in Ukraine and its importance for the national economy in an impulse lecture and emphasized in particular that the animal husbandry industry is affected by serious destruction and losses due to continuing fighting, which accounted for almost 20 percent of some livestock species. “In order to ensure the sustainable development of Ukrainian animal husbandry, we urgently need emergency generator sets, more biomethane plants for the future and ways to ensure the traceability of red meat,” emphasized the representative of the Ukrainian Ministry.


The second keynote was the global economy in the meat market. He was founded by Dr. Joseph Efken, Institute for Market Analysis at the Thünen Institute. Efken presented the most important perspectives in global meat production and addressed the global disproportion on the supply side. The expert noted that meat consumption in the EU is increasing in contrast to the global trend. This development should also be taken into account when defining the further strategy of meat trade in Ukraine. The most promising opportunities opened up in the production of poultry meat, which continues to enjoy stable demand. Against the background of the prospects for the renewal of animal husbandry in Ukraine and the strategy of European integration of Ukraine, Efken said that it is very important to “educe trusting partner relationships, to constantly remain in dialogue and to deliver goods that meet European standards and quality requirements”. This would promote the further development of relations and contribute to strengthening market positions.


Julia Kostynska, Consumer Protection Service of Ukraine, Maksym Hopka, Ukrainian Agribusiness Club, Andriy Dykun, Chairman of the National Agricultural Council of Ukraine, and Viktor Sheremeta, Association of Farmers and Landowners of Ukraine, took part in the panel discussion on development prospects of Ukrainian animal husbandry. The representatives of the Ukrainian agricultural associations noted that Ukrainian agricultural companies have joined forces in these difficult times to meet current challenges, support each other and have a lively dialogue with the public and international partners on the restoration and security of Ukrainian exports. Andriy Dykun emphasized the importance of maintaining and expanding export corridors and the donation initiative of his association to support agricultural producers. Viktor Sheremeta drew attention to the better conditions for the development of small and medium-sized enterprises that are more viable and flexible than large companies. Julia Kostynska reported on ongoing activities of the State Consumer Protection Service in the context of European integration and ensuring Ukrainian agricultural trade, including the development of transit opportunities. Maksym Hopka pointed out the great importance of agricultural trade for the Ukrainian economy and to joint initiatives of the agricultural associations to expand and secure it.


Mariya Yaroshko, co-team leader of the APD project, summarized the results of the conversation as moderator and thanked the international partners, such as the German federal government, but also the non-governmental German partners for the support they are currently providing for Ukraine. Ukraine has chosen the European path of development. In this way, our farms are confronted with numerous challenges, but at the same time discover many opportunities for themselves. These opportunities must be seized. However, it must be borne in mind that Ukrainian agricultural products must fully comply with quality and safety requirements, so compliance with European standards is an indispensable prerequisite for the further development of trade relations between Ukraine and the EU,” she concluded.


Conference as video recording


The conference is available free of charge as video-on-demand on the DLG-Connect: www.dlg-connect.com/eventdate/Internationale-Conference-Ukraine-Convention-Center-Saal-3B–ed_662, only registration with e-mail address is necessary.


About the APD:


The German-Ukrainian Agricultural Policy Dialogue (APD) project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and carried out through the mandate GFA Consulting Group GmbH and a working group consisting of IAK Agrar Consulting GmbH, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Development in Transformation Economies (IAMO) and AFC Consultants International GmbH. The project promoter is the National Association of Agricultural Advisory Services of Ukraine DORADA. Further information at www.apd-ukraine.de.

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