Ukraine filled its euroquotas of honey
As of January 11, 2018 Ukraine fully filled the tariff quotas for the supply of honey to the European Union, as well as for grape and apple juice.
Maxim Martynyuk, First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, informed that there are about 400 thousand beekeepers in Ukraine, which together produce an average of 70 thousand tons of honey per year, which is the highest volume in Europe. Almost 57 thousand tons, or 80% of all Ukrainian honey is exported — mainly to the European Union. The production potential, based on the areas of bee plants, is up to 140 thousand tons of honey per year, which is twice the current volume.
"So, we have a sales market and an opportunity to increase supplies. The stumbling block is that there are no compulsory requirements for the quality of honey in Ukraine. The existing state standard is voluntary. At the same time, within the framework of the association agreement, Ukraine undertook to implement the European requirements for honey, which are fixed in Council Directive 2001/110 / EC. Deadline is the end 2019," the First Deputy Minister added.