Read why Ukraine is poised to be the next organic agricultural powerhouse
The global organic market is developing dynamically as the demand for organic produce continues to grow. Ukraine, with its vast swathes of fertile land and geographical location between Europe and Asia is poised to be a key supplier in the market.
Size & Soil
Ukraine is the largest country in Europe with a total area of 60.3 million hectares, including 42.7 million hectares of agricultural land, owning 33% of the world’s most fertile black top soils. Ukraine is ranked 11th in Europe according to the volume of organic agricultural area amounting 859 000 hectares: 201 000 hectares of fully converted land + 88 000 hectares of agricultural land in conversion + 570 000 hectares of wild area.Ukraine has outstanding potential to become a major global supplier of organic products as only 0.7% of its total farmland is now organic. Currently, under a national moratorium there are 41.5 million hectares of agricultural land of which 7% is not cultivated at all. Those lands that have been idle for decades are now being put to productive use with a focus on organic farming. With the planned opening of the land market, a new stage in Ukraine's agricultural productivity is expected.
Thanks to its size, geographical location, temperature climate, proximity to potential international buyers, and widespread fertile black top soils, Ukraine has extremely favourable conditions for organic agriculture.
Ukraine already has an established history in organic production: globally it is ranked 6th in organic oilseed production and 8th in organic wheat. There are already around 500 organic operators in Ukraine which are certified according to the EU organic standard, and/or US National Organic Program (NOP), Bio Suisse (Switzerland), Bioland and Naturland (Germany), COR (Canada), Soil Association (UK), and KRAV (Sweden).
Highly Competitive Pricing
The “Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements” signed between Ukraine and the EU ensures lower tariffs and EU import duties. Ukrainian laws passed in 2018 on the basic principles and requirements of organic production, trade and labelling are now aligned with the European Union's organic legislation. Due to its geographical position between Europe and Asia, and access to deepwater ports in the Black Sea, Ukraine can ship goods nearly anywhere extremely competitively. Ukraine is highly competitive with its premium quality organic food products due to lower costs of resources, energy and labour.