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Ukraine's organic agriculture has great potential

Ukraine has a great potential for developing organic agriculture due to the large area of unused land suitable for organic farming. Ukrsadprom, an association of Ukrainian gardeners, said their country currently uses only 5.3 percent of the 7.4 million hectares suitable for organic farming.

The increasing demand for organic goods in the local and global markets may lead to a substantial increase in Ukraine's organic food output, the organization said. Fruits, berries and nuts are among the most promising products for organic farming in Ukraine.

Ukrsadprom said that in 2016, the area of non-polluted farmland in the world was 57.8 million ha, with around 400,000 ha in Ukraine, (20th position). The share of certified organic area is around 1% of farmland in the country.

Organic planting of fruit, berries and nuts in Ukraine becomes more popular. "The general pace testifies to a gradual expansion of the areas of perennial plantations: now they occupy 5,000 hectares, with the pome fruits and stone fruits – 2,500 hectares, berries - 630 ha, strawberries - 170 ha, walnuts - 290 ha, hazelnuts - 40 hectares, other nuts - 50 hectares," the association said.

According to xinhuanet.com, currently, some 300 certified farms annually produce about 20 million U.S. dollars' worth of organic goods, mostly grains and vegetables.

Publication date: 6/22/2018


 


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