Expert’s opinion

ALEXEY BOGDANOV, Head Main Department for Foreign Trade, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Republic of Belarus: оn the diversification of Belarusian dairy export

Indeed, by the year 2020 Belarus is planning to increase the level of annual milk production to 9.2 mln t (the level of 2015 was 7,044 mln t). Of course, with such a significant increase in production we need to work on expanding the market by diversifying exports, as the markets of traditional partners in […]

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VOLODYMYR LAPA, Head of The State Food Safety and Consumer Protection Service of Ukraine on the rules of the inspection of dairies

INFAGRO: The State Food Safety and Consumer Protection Service has been authorised to provide the supervision of the relevant enterprises, in particular, dairy plants. The moratorium on the verifications has been lifted. How the verification and surveillance will be performed? Is there any schedule?  What may cause the inspector’s visit to a dairy?

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MAXYM FASTEYEV, Lead Analyst INFAGRO: How the low price on the European milk may impact Ukrainian dairy? Does this open the opportunities for Ukrainian West region dairies to procure quality milk from Poland, Latvia or Lithuania?

In my opinion, Ukrainian processors will not procure raw milk from Europe, at least in the coming years. One reason is that raw milk is a demanding product, it should be delivered to processing facilities in a very short time lapse. 

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VASYL VINTONYAK, Director INFAGRO: What does the introduction of import duty by Moldova mean for Ukrainian dairy business?

Moldova’s monthly imports of Ukrainian dairy is about 700 t of fresh milk products and about 70-80 t of cheese. Cheap cheese Moldovans can buy in the EU, but they do not have the affordable alternative to our fresh milk dairy. They simply do not have enough raw milk to produce dairy products themselves.

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