XIII National Conference with International Participation
22 February, 2021

Premier Hotel Rus, Kyiv, Ukraine

Organizers: Infagro, Dairy Union of Ukraine

Dear colleagues,

Consideing the COVID-19 situation which has noticeably worsened and taking into account opinion of potential participants of the event they expressed in the survey last week, the organizers of the conference decided to reschedule the date of the event on February 22, 2021.

We hope that in a few months the situation will get better and nothing will hinder our meeting in February.

In the difficult times of the beginning of the pandemic and the wave of increasing demand, the dairy industry of Ukraine was able to ensure uninterrupted production and supply of dairy products.  Ukrainian consumers did not feel a shortage of products. They finally appreciated the long shelf life of ultra-pasteurized milk and were buying were canned milk, which they were recently buying quite rarely.  Now, despite difficult conditions, dairy production continues although demand has expectedly fallen to normal levels.

In addition to the lockdown related issues making impact on all industry sectors, the work of dairy farmers is also affected by a painful introduction of the land market and expectation of real state support measures.  Raw milk production is reducing , . This leads to the decrease in dairy production.  Dairy exports have frozen. Low world dairy prices for exported dairy products do not add enthusiasm to Ukrainian producers, who have always directed a significant part of their production to foreign sales.

Imports of dairy products are growing at a frantic pace and put companies in a situation where the purchase of imported products for sale in the domestic market becomes more profitable than production.  At the same time, there is a demand for dairy products in the domestic market in Ukraine.  The trend of meeting this demand at the expense of imported dairy products is becoming increasingly apparent.  Domestic cheesemakers feel it more than others. Recently it also became a problem for producers of fresh dairy products.

There are many problems facing Ukrainian dairy industry which need to be addressed.  We will continue to track changes that are taking place and plan the topics of our conference discussions and range of speakers accordingly.  Information will be posted and updated on this page and in special Conference News bulletins of the conference.


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