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16.05.2019

The Poultry Union of Ukraine is calling for a facts-based debate about the future of the European poultry sector after condemning the spreading of ‘fake news’ about Ukrainian exports.

The Poultry Union of Ukraine is seeking to correct the record after a briefing littered with inaccuracies and misunderstandings about Ukrainian poultry was sent to Members of the European Parliament and to stakeholders. This is being viewed as an attempt to undermine re-negotiations between the European Union and Ukraine Government on poultry quotas as part of the trade agreement between the two.

The Poultry Union of Ukraine regrets the anti-Ukrainian agenda which has crept into the debate as the European Union goes to the polls later this month.

The Union wants to take this opportunity to correct the following:

- Ukrainian poultry producers have never broken the Association Agreement;

- The Ukraine has always acted fully in accordance with the EU legislation;

- Ukrainian products exported to the EU, like all exporters to Europe, are fully compliant with all EU legislation on food safety and animal welfare and are correctly classified;

- The Agreement is a strategic partnership for both sides that benefits both the EU and Ukraine, as well as provides all producers with certainty on the volume of poultry traded in the EU;

Sergii Karpenko, Executive Director of the Poultry union of Ukraine said: “The trade agreement between the European Union and Ukraine creates a level playing field for all producers and ensures we have fair and healthy competition. This is good for consumers. “Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in anti-Ukrainian rhetoric ahead of the European elections later this month. We regret that fake news, misinformation and wilful inaccuracies are freely used now in the debate about European poultry. “We have asked the authors of this briefing to correct the record on the inaccuracies on this document disseminated around the EU and its stakeholders. If they fail to do this, it exposes the tactics as blatant electioneering. “If we are going to deliver quality poultry products at affordable prices for our consumers, protect the plurality of the industry and meet rising demand, we need a debate which is based on evidence and facts.”

The Poultry Union advises those looking for reassurances on the country’s poultry standards consult the DG SANTE 2019 audit, which confirms the high standards among Ukrainian exporters. 

20.09.2018

The members of the Public Union "Ukrainian National Agrarian Forum", which includes leading agricultural associations, held a number of meetings with representatives of the German authorities and took part in a reception at the German embassy.

At these events, Director Public Union "Ukrainian National Agrarian Forum" Mariia Didukh and of member of the Union’s Board, General Director of the Association "Ukrainian Agribusiness Сlub" Taras Vysotskiy held a meeting with the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ukraine Mr. Ernst Reichel and Parliamentary Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany, Michael Stübgen. The German side was also attended by the head of the German-Ukrainian Agricultural Policy Dialogue - Volker Sasse and employees of the German Agrarian Center.

During the meetings, important issues of the agrarian sector of Ukraine, political challenges that exist, as well as cooperation of Ukraine and Germany in the agricultural sector, in the field of trade, investment, education and a number of other issues important for the future work of both countries were discussed.

“German-Ukrainian cooperation in the agrarian sphere is very close. Today, the 15th meeting of the Ukrainian-German Agricultural Committee was held. It is clear to everyone that for Ukraine the development of agriculture is very important. It’s no secret that it has become one of the most important export sectors for your country, ”said Ambassador Ernst Reichel.

13.08.2018

The Ukrainian National Agrarian Forum, on behalf of its members and the grain market participants, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine. The document provides for the adjustment of grain exports based on real forecasts and yield indicators.

The parties agreed to cooperate on ensuring the harmonization of the balance sheet characteristics of the grain market of Ukraine, in particular, on the calculation of the maximum volumes of grain exports in 2018/2019 MY. The signing of the Memorandum in the grain market marks the start of a new marketing year. According to the preliminary results of 2017/2018 MY, Ukraine exported 39.4 million tons of grain. Of these, wheat - 17.1 million tons. The largest grain exporters were countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Now, the Memorandum has fixed the volume of the forecasted export of food grade wheat at the level of 8 million tons, which also includes the export of flour in terms of grain and 8 million tons of fodder. Both indicators are not final and can be adjusted after the end of the harvest and clarification of data on the amount of harvested grain and its quality. 

07.08.2018

“Samopomich” and PU “Ukrainian National Agrarian Forum” on behalf of the Public Union «Agrarian Union of Ukraine», the Public Union «All-Ukrainian Agrarian Council», the All-Ukrainian Association of Villages and Town Councils, Association «Poultry Union of Ukraine», the All-Ukrainian public organization «Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation»  signed a memorandum on the development of the agro-industrial complex.

The signing of this document obliges the parties to hold joint consultations and coordinate positions before submitting to the parliament bills that relate to the reform of the agrarian sector. In the end, the parties expect that the overall reforms will lead to an increase in agricultural production, rural employment, tax revenues, foreign exchange earnings, increased investment in agriculture.

In addition, the parties paid considerable attention to the issue of improving state support for the agricultural sector. So, they propose to redistribute budget funds that were not used during I-III quarters for the implementation of existing agricultural support programs in order to return the “quasi-accumulation of VAT” regime that was in effect in 2017. Also, the memorandum prescribes the clause on returning the norm on the reimbursement of value added tax on operations for the export of oilseeds outside the customs territory of Ukraine.

Other equally important areas are the development of the cooperative movement, the protection of the interests of food producers and consumers, the stabilization of the price situation in the market of mineral fertilizers, the fight against corruption at all levels of government, etc.

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07.06.2018

UNAF addressed an appeal to members of the Ukraine-EU Association Committee and members of the European Parliament regarding the export of poultry products to the EU.

The MEPs’ questions state that Ukrainian producers have created a «special» cut of poultry product to unfairly benefit from a «loophole» in the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement («DCFTA»). The questions suggest that Ukrainian producers are using this special cut and loophole to benefit unfairly from undeserved advantages.
Contrary to what these questions suggest, the so-called «loophole» is nothing other than the EU’s bound commitment under the DCFTA to grant Ukraine a zero import duty to Ukrainian poultry products imported under subheadings «0207 13 70» and «0207 14 70» of the EU’s Combined Nomenclature («CN»). This commitment was only one of the many concessions that both the EU and Ukraine voluntarily granted each other to ensure a deeper market integration under the DCFTA. It is not a loophole but a concession that is legally binding on the EU, and which created legitimate expectations of trade for both Ukraine and its poultry producers.

Ukrainian poultry producers are also not unfairly creating a special poultry cut to take advantage of the EU’s binding commitment under CN 0207 13 70 and 0207 14 70. The questions raised by the different MEPs fail to mention that EU Member States themselves have confirmed that the poultry cuts legitimately fall under 0207 13 70 and 0207 14 70. Three Binding Tariff Information Decisions of the Dutch and Slovak customs authorities have confirmed that Ukrainian producers are correctly exporting their poultry cuts of «breast caps with wings, bone in» under CN subheadings 0207 13 70 and 0207 14 70.

Furthermore, none of the MEPs’ questions provide any evidence of harm to the European poultry market as a result of Ukraine's limited exports of poultry to the EU under subheadings 0207 13 70 and 0207 14 70. According to the European Commission’s own statistics, the EU’s volume of imports of poultry products from Ukraine is much lower than Ukraine’s imports of EU poultry products. These statistics show that, during the first two months of 2018, the EU exported to Ukraine 26,909 tons of poultry, while Ukraine exported only 17,986 tons to the EU. Moreover, in all of 2017, the EU exported 163,057 tons of poultry to Ukraine, whereas it imported 80,083 tons from Ukraine.

Ukrainian poultry exports to the EU also represent a small proportion of the 727,216 tons of poultry that the EU imported from third countries in 2017.

UNAF also wants to emphasize that Ukrainian poultry producers do not pose any real threat to European jobs in the poultry sector. While we may benefit from lower manufacturing costs, our products are sold at prices that are around 7% higher than similar EU origin poultry cuts from Poland and Romania. We also comply with all standards required under the DCFTA, and we disclose the origin of our products in accordance with EU legislation.

The Ukrainian National Agrarian Forum believes it is important that you have a clear and balanced picture of the situation. We do not wish that a relatively small trade issue, such as a limited amount of exports of poultry to the EU, leads to the adoption of EU measures that would harm the long term interests of the EU and Ukraine, and of their citizens as a whole. We also support the Ukrainian Government’s efforts to settle this issue in a friendly manner, and negotiate and agree on the adoption of a reasonable cap and/or limited tariff duties on the EU import of our poultry products that is balanced and takes into account the interests of both the EU and Ukraine.

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19.04.2018

The largest agrarian associations that are part of the Ukrainian National Agrarian Forum sent an official appeal to Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman urging not to introduce a quota regime for the import of petroleum products.

The appeal notes that such actions will lead to a shortage of fuel, monopolization of the fuel market, as well as rising prices for gasoline and diesel fuel, which is most important for the functioning of agriculture.

According to the agrarian associations, restricting the import of fuel and lubricants from Russia, Belarus and other countries by setting quotas will lead to a sharp increase in fuel prices not only for citizens, but also affect the cost of field work in the agricultural sector. The spring sowing campaign this year will amount to 127 billion UAH, which is 23% higher than last year (103 billion UAH in 2017). Compared to last year, the cost of fuel and lubricants increased by 29% and reached 25 billion UAH.

At the moment, there are only two oil refineries in Ukraine that satisfy 45% of the Ukrainian gasoline market demand and only 15% in diesel fuel, which is the main means of production in the agro-industrial complex.

Restricting imports will not solve the problem of the efficiency of Ukrainian refineries and will not lead to the restoration of the operation of stopped plants, because this sector requires significant investments in the renewal and increase in its own production facilities.

At the same time, according to experts, as a result of import quotas, the shortage in the market of fuel and lubricants will exceed 15%. In addition, the rack and diversified supply chain of petroleum products to Ukraine will be destroyed.

It should be noted that this restriction will lead to the creation of a monopoly in the market for the production of gasoline. At the same time, diesel fuel, which is supposed to be produced domestically, will significantly increase in price as a result of quoting. This will lead to the transition to alternative types of energy, or even to stop the operation of equipment in the agricultural sector. Also, these actions may lead to a deterioration in international economic relations.

At the same time, the establishment of import quotas not only for Russia and Belarus, but also for other countries, in particular, the European Union, will have a negative impact on trade relations.

“We ask you, dear Vladimir Borisovich, to take into account the opinion of agrarians and not to initiate a special investigation regarding fuel imports, in particular, not to introduce import quotas. In the case of the start of the special investigation, we ask to include experts from the organizations of the members of the All-Ukrainian Agrarian Forum to jointly assess this situation and take into account the position of the agricultural sector, ”concluded the agrarian associations in the text of the appeal.

Recall that at the end of March, PJSC Ukrtatnafta appealed to the Ministry of Economic Development with a request to conduct a special investigation regarding the critical growth in the volume of imported oil products in the domestic fuel market. The introduction of quotas for the import of gasoline and diesel fuel was planned from May 2018. The goal of this initiative is to gradually bring the share of petroleum products from one country (from one source) to 30%.

16.02.2018

Agricultural associations are asking the EBRD and the IFC to pay attention to lobbying their business interests by large oilseed processors.

The Public Union "Ukrainian National Agrarian Forum ", on behalf of the national agrarian associations, sent an open letter to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Ukraine and the International Finance Corporation for lobbying business interests using the political influence of individual Ukrainian companies.

The letter, in particular, states that the amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine, adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine at the end of December last year, which abolish the budget refund of VAT on the export of industrial crops, namely soybeans from 01.09.2018 and rape from 01.01.2021 in the Tax Code of Ukraine, indicate the rough lobbyism of the business interests of oilseed processors. Thus, a member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee, which is specialized in tax matters, is MP Vitaly Homutynnik, who owns about 6% of the world's largest producer and exporter of sunflower oil, Kernel.

An additional confirmation of the targeted lobbying of interests of individual processing companies is the fact that the rules on the abolition of VAT refunds were not submitted to wide discussion with business and the public and no consultation with the agricultural sector was carried out on the feasibility of such measures to stimulate domestic processing. The initiative arose without additional measures to stimulate the internal processing of these products.

Such actions create a significant conflict of interest and contradict the principles of international financial institutions that promote fair competition, transparency and democracy, as well as the rejection of corruption.

Associations ask the EBRD and the IFC to take this information into account when deciding on the provision of financing and other forms of cooperation with oilseed processors.

30.01.2018

The UNAF addressed Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman with a request to consider the possibility of amending the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of 20.12.2017, No. 1022, namely to exclude item 3 of the heading “3102 21 00 00 Ammonium Sulfate”.

According to calculations, this spring, Ukrainian agrarians risk facing a critical increase in the deficit of sulfur-containing fertilizers, the need for which is estimated at 360-400 thousand tons per year.

During 2017, domestic chemical enterprises produced about 130 thousand tons of sulfur-containing fertilizers, three times less demand. For 2018 Ukrainian enterprises, it is planned to produce 220-240 thousand tons of granular nitrogen-sulfur fertilizer (ASDG), the raw material for which is ammonium sulfate crystalline caprolactamy.

The main supplier of ammonium sulfate in Ukraine was Grodnoazot (Belarus), but after launching similar production at BelAgroFert (Grodno), all Belarusian raw materials are processed on-site. In this connection, the supply of this product in Ukraine is suspended.

In Ukraine, this raw material is absent, because the installation for the production of ammonium sulfate at Cherkassy Azot (as part of the production of caprolactam) has not been operating for about five years. The ammonium sulphate sanitary installation at JSC Sumykhimprom is low-powered and does not cover the need of domestic enterprises.

The situation is aggravated with the adoption of the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of 20.12.2017, No. 1022, according to which since 01.03.2018, it is prohibited to import into the customs territory of Ukraine, in particular, ammonium sulfate of Russian origin, today is the only available source of raw materials for manufacturing sulfur-containing nitrogen fertilizers.

Thus, the implementation of the provisions of this resolution of a part of this commodity position will lead to a halt of Ukrainian factories, the release of hundreds of workers and additional burdens on the labor market and social insurance funds. The amount of taxes and fees not received by the state only from the UkrTechnoPhos Group of Companies for 10 months of this year. will be about 38900000 UAH, of which: income tax - 10800000 UAH, value added tax - 21.0 million UAH, personal income tax, a single social contribution and military tax - 7100000 UAH.

13.12.2017

Five non-governmental organizations working in the field of agro-industrial complex have united in one effective tool - the Public Union "Ukrainian National Agrarian Forum" (UNAF) - a platform for discussion of common problems of agriculture and the development of a consolidated vision of their solution. The task of the organization - to communicate the common position of the agrarian sector to the authorities as the only voice, as well as to represent the Ukrainian agrarian sphere on the international arena.

The founders of the WAF were the public union "Agrarian Union of Ukraine", the All-Ukrainian public association "Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation", the Association "Ukrainian Agribusiness Club", Public Union "Ukrainian Agrarian Council" and The All-Ukrainian Association of Village and Village Councils. The presentation of the newly formed public union took place on December 13, 2017.

We formalized a tool that essentially existed long ago. Now the Ukrainian National  Agrarian Forum is registered as a legal entity, a public union that brings together five agrarian associations under its roof, but is open until the entry of new members. We will defend the common position of agrarians in working with parliamentarians and members of the government, write relevant draft laws, propose amendments to the regulatory framework. We are ready to knock on all doors and protest if they do not hear us.” - said Maria Didukh, director of the Ukrainian National  Agrarian Forum. 

One of the first decisions of the UNAF is to sign with the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada a memorandum on the development and reform of the agricultural sector, which will consolidate the directions of development of the agro-industrial complex, in particular, positions on state support, factors of production, price regulation, and the like. According to the founders of the Ukrainian National  Agrarian Forum, such a document will serve as a tool to protect business from the adoption of laws and regulations harmful to its activities by parliamentarians.

As noted by the Deputy Chairman of the Public Union "Ukrainian Agrarian Council" - Mikhail Sokolov, the first paragraph of the memorandum is to amend the budget-2018 and the Tax Code, will cancel the destructive norms adopted on December 7. In particular, farmers will demand to repeal the amendment on the abolition of VAT refunds on oilseeds, which, if it enters into force, will lead to a direct loss of producers in the amount of UAH 10 billion. In addition, farmers will insist on maintaining the quasi-accumulation of VAT at the level of at least 4 billion UAH.

We will invite political parliamentary parties to sign a memorandum in which we set forth the requirements of the agricultural sector for regulating agriculture and the necessary laws. We will inform all our participants, all agrarians that certain political forces have signed or not signed this document, they respectively agree or refuse to support the agrarian industry. Let the deputies themselves choose them for oligarchic conspiracies or for our agrarian sector to develop honestly and transparently. ” - said Mikhail Sokolov.

In addition, the plans of the UNAF to become an associate member of Copa-Cogeca - the union of farmers' unions and agricultural cooperatives of the EU, is the most powerful representative of the interests of European agrarians. The participants of the UNAF are convinced that the participation of Ukraine in such an organization will enhance the status of the Ukrainian agrarians in the European Union and will help in the implementation of the norms of European standards and approaches to production in our country.

As the head of the German-Ukrainian Agricultural Policy Dialogue, Volker Sasse, said, Germany fully shares these views of Ukrainian agrarians: “We have been supporting the project of creating an umbrella agricultural association for two years now. Such a joint organization will much better help to represent the common interests of the entire agricultural sector within the state and delegate them to the international level, for example, in the European Union or within the framework of Сopa Сogeca. And if every representative of the agrarian sector has its specific goals, then the new organization is created to protect common interests.”

Taras Vysotsky, General Director of the Association “Ukrainian Agribusiness Club”, noted that the Ukrainian National  Agrarian Forum will raise the protection of the interests of the agricultural sector to a new level at the national and international level: "This is a common world practice, when a country in international associations is represented by a united front. Historically, in our agriculture there are various segments of the sector representing different associations, but when necessary, we can come together to form a common position. The second goal of the creation of a UNAF is communication with the state. Formation of a single voice of the sector strengthens us and increases the chances of protecting the interests of farmers in the national and international level."

All five public organizations - co-founders are members of the board of the UNAF and have complete economic and financial independence. It is assumed that over time, the number of associations and business entities that will become part of the UNAF will increase, since the Union is free for new members to enter (the decision on admission to the  is made by a simple majority of the board members; registered on the territory of Ukraine or abroad).

By establishing UNAF, agricultural associations of Ukraine have created a powerful tool to defend the interests of agricultural producers in government, promote the productive and social development of participants, create a favorable legal framework for the agricultural sector and food industry, serve as a platform for sharing information and knowledge, facilitate the exit of members to foreign markets and the establishment of business foreign economic relations.

So far this is only the first step, but I am deeply convinced that we must act as a single force, defending our interests at the regional and global level, because it is in uniting the efforts of the widest possible range of representatives of the agrarian sector our power and our competitive advantage,” concluded Director of the Ukrainian National Agrarian Forum, Maria Didukh.

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PU “Ukrainian National Agrarian Forum” was created in October 2017 by the decision of the meeting of five organizations-founders: Public Union "Agrarian Union of Ukraine", Public Union “All-Ukrainian Agrarian Council”, All-Ukrainian Association of Villages and Town Councils, All-Ukrainian public organization "Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation", Association “Ukrainian Agribusiness Club”.

Goals:

  • Protection of interests of the member organizations and partners;
  • Coordination of the positions of profile organizations (learn to negotiate with each other);
  • Formation and presentation of a common position at all levels;
  • Constructive dialogue with international agrarian associations.
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