Live Rating: Organic Agricultural Companies of Ukraine

Less than 1% of agricultural land in Ukraine is covered by organic farming. It is not much but it means that there is room for the development of this area of the national agro-industrial complex. The ever-growing number of the operators on the organic market proves that it is true.

According to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and two specialized agencies Organic Standard and Organic Ukraine, the total area of organic farmland in Ukraine amounts to 381.2 thousand hectares (289.6 thousand ha have been certified and about 91.6 thousand ha await certification). By the beginning of 2017, there were 426 organic market operators in the country. 294 of the operators were agricultural enterprises that specialized in growing traditional and niche organic crops and berries.

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Based on the amount of land used for organic farming, Ukraine occupies the 11th place in Europe and the 20th place in the world. studied the current size of the land bank allocated for organic farming and agricultural production and created a rating of agro-companies specializing in organic farming.

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1. Arnika

Region of operation: Poltava region

Land, thous. ha: 15.77

Overall agro-industrial group Arnika cultivates about 20 thousand hectares of land.

Today, more than 15.77 thousand hectares of the land are cultivated according to the EU standard without usage of prohibited fertilizers and plant protection products. More than 9.48 thousand hectares currently have a transitional status.

6.3 thousand hectares out of this area are 100% certified in compliance with the standards equivalent to the Council regulations (EC) No 834/2007 and 889/2008 and with Bio Suisse standard (Switzerland). Remaining more than 9.47 thousand hectares are in a conversion state.

The first organic crop was harvested in 2015 on the area of 2.2 thousand hectares and was certified in accordance with the requirements of the standards equivalent to the Council regulations (EC) No 834/2007 and 889/2008 and BioSuisse standard, but the harvest of the year 2016  got the additional certification according to the NOP USDA standard.

The organic crop rotation of agro-industrial group Arnika consists of soybean, corn, chickpeas, wheat, lentils, flax and technical hemp.

The warehouses of the company are capable of storing up to 37 thousand tons of organic goods.

Agro-industrial group Arnika diversifies its export activity and supplies organic goods to Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Estonia and Austria. Besides, the company is actively targeting the USA and Asian markets.

The volume of export is constantly increasing and during the years 2016-2018 amounted to more than 18 thousand tons.

2. Galeks Agro

Region of operation: Zhytomyr region

Land, thous. ha: 8.8

Galeks Agro specializes in horticulture and animal husbandry. It owns 2.4 thousand head of cattle, 1.1 thousand head of which is dairy herd. Organic Meat is the company’s brand for beef products; its dairy brand is TM Organic Milk.

The land of Galeks Agro is located in Zhytomyr region. Over 8,750 hectares are covered by organic farming. Interestingly, before the company rented the land, it had not been cultivated for more than 20 years.

All the products and production facilities of the company are certified by the Swiss Institute of Environmental Marketing and the International Certification Authority Organic Standard. This proves that the company complies with the requirements set forth in EC-834/2007, 889/2008, the standards of Bio Suisse (Switzerland), and Bioland (Germany).

Galeks Agro exports to Italy, Switzerland, the UK, and other European countries.

3. Agroekologia

Region of operation: Poltava region

Land, thous. ha: 7.5

Agroekologia company cultivates about 7.5 thousand hectares in the Shishatsky and Zenkovsky districts of the Poltava region. The gross harvest of its crops is over 10 thousand tons.

Agroecology specializes in the cultivation of grain and industrial crops, dairy and beef cattle, and the production of cereals, oil and flour.

The production and processing facilities of Agroekologia are certified by Organic Standard according to the requirements equivalent to EU-834/2007, 889/2008 and Bio Suisse (Switzerland).

For more than 40 years, Agroekologia has been using exclusively organic methods of farming. The founder of the enterprise, Hero of Ukraine Semyon Antonets is considered the pioneer of organic farming in the country. Under his management, the company switched to waste-free tillage in 1976. 2 years later, they abandoned the use of pesticides and in a couple of years replaced mineral fertilizers for organic ones.

The company operates a consulting centre for organic farming.

Since 2014, the company has been exporting its products to Germany and Switzerland.

4. AgroInvest-Natural Products

Region of operation: Chernihiv region

Land, thous. ha: 6

According to the certification body Organic Standard, the organic land bank of AgroInvest-Natural Products company is more than 6 thousand hectares concentrated in Chernihiv region.

The production capacities of AgroInvest-Natural Products are certified by Organic Standard according to the standards equivalent to the regulations of EU-834/2007 and 889/2008.

This season, AgroInvest-Natural Products will harvest 100% certified yield of oats, peas, potatoes, winter wheat, winter rapeseed and soybean. The land in the transitional state is used to grow corn.

5. UkrBioLand

Region of operation: Dnipropetrovsk region

Land, thous. ha: 5.6

UkrBioLand group of companies cultivates more than 5.6 thousand hectares of certified organic land in Dnipropetrovsk region. The agro group includes 4 companies: Agro Polimerdetal, Kolos, Sputnik, and the Scientific Production Association Sad.

The agro group started its activities in 2003. In 2013, the group became involved in the development of organic production in Ukraine.

The organic crop rotation of UkrBioLand is represented by grains (soft wheat, millet, rye, barley), legumes (green lentils, chickpeas, sainfoin), and oilseeds (brown and golden flax, rapeseed).

The company notes that the production of the agro group complies with all international standards. It is certified by the influential certification bodies Control Union Certifications in accordance with the organic standards of the EU and USDA NOP. Besides, it is planned to apply for certification by Bio Suisse (Switzerland) and Naturland (Germany) this year.

6. EthnoProduct

Region of operation: Chernihiv region

Land, thous. ha: 4

EthnoProduct is a Ukrainian-Swiss company with the closed cycle of organic agricultural production.

The fields of EthnoProduct are located in the northeastern part of Chernihiv region. The company is engaged in crop production and animal husbandry (c.1 thousand head of cattle). Pastures, hayfields and arable land occupy about 4 thousand hectares of organic land.

The company’s trademark EthnoProduct is used for organic grains and legumes as well as dairy and meat products.

EthnoProduct started land certification in 2008. Thus, the company’s production and processing facilities are currently certified by Organic Standard according to the regulations equivalent to EC-834/2007 and 889/2008.

7. Ritter Bio Agro

Region of operation: Rivne region

Land, thous. ha: 3.5

Ritter Bio Agro was established in 2013 to operate as an organic company. The same year, another agro company in Rivne region Deddence Agro (founded in 2006) was switching to organic farming. Victor Sherbachuk has been CEO of the two companies.

The total land bank of this group is 3.8 thousand hectares, 3.5 thousand hectares of which are organic fields.

At the very start, Ritter BioAgro was certified by Organic Standard in accordance with the requirements equivalent to EC-834/2007 and 889/2008. In 2015, it was certified by Naturland and in 2017 — by Bio Suisse. Since then, its export of organic products to Europe has been steadily growing. In 2017, it reached 15 thousand tons.

In the structure of organic crop rotation, legumes take up to 30%. The agro-enterprise also grows organic crops such as sugar beets, spring and winter wheat, spring and winter rapeseed, rye, corn, flax, sunflower, buckwheat, strawberries, and raspberries.

8. Zhiva Niva

Region of operation: Zhytomyr region

Land, thous. ha: 3.2

Zhiva Niva has become involved in organic farming since 2009. At present, 3.2 thousand hectares are cultivated in accordance with the EU standard without using prohibited fertilizers or plant protection products. The land is certified by Organic Standard according to the regulations equivalent to EC-834/2007 and 889/2008.

The main crops in the structure of the company’s crop rotation are soybean, sunflower, spelt, buckwheat, rye and phacelium. Besides, the farm is engaged in seed production.

At the Soybean AgroExpedition 2016, Zhiva Niva mentioned its cooperation with Bioland (Germany) and its plans to get certified by Bio Suisse (Switzerland).

9. Cepheus Group

Regions of operation: Zhytomyr and Khmelnytsk regions

Land, thous. ha: 2.75

Cepheus Group started its operation in 2013 by renting the land which had not been cultivated for 20 years. Currently, the land bank of the company constitutes 2750 hectares. The fields are located in Zhytomyr and Khmelnytskyi regions. The crop rotation of the company includes a number of niche crops like flax, buckwheat, gymnosperm pumpkin, millet, herbs, etc.

Cepheus Group is certified by Organic Standard in accordance with the regulations equivalent to EC-834/2007 and 889/2008. Besides, the company is getting a Bio Suisse certificate (Switzerland).

Up to 90% of the Cepheus Group products are exported to Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Austria. The company does not only grow organic raw materials, but also processes them, producing organic cereals, flour and packaged flax seeds. Following the vertical integration strategy of summer 2017, the company launched its own organic brand AllinFoody which was presented at the largest agricultural exhibition of Ukraine AGRO-2017.

Currently, the company is working on creating its own shop for packaging herbal teas and SPA products as well as increasing its capacity for packaging grocery products.

10. Svarog West Group

Regions of operation: Zhytomyr, Khmelnitsky, Chernivtsi regions

Land, thous. ha: 2.7

Svarog West Group Corporation aptly demonstrates that Top 100 Latifundists of Ukraine clearly see the prospects of developing organic farming since they aim to fill in the niche.

According to Chief Agronomist Fylymon Antoniuk, apart from traditional farming, the company has been also expanding its organic farming capacities over the past two years. This entails the purchase of machinery that meets the requirements for organic production and building storages and processing facilities for organic products.

The corporation has established a separate company Lotivka-Organic for the development of the organic branch which deals with production and exports. 

Currently, there are 812 hectares of certified land and 1888 hectares awaiting certification.

The main crops in the organic rotation of the corporation are winter wheat, soybean, buckwheat, millet, flax and gymnosperm pumpkin.

Related story: Svarog West Group: Business Card of the Corporation

11. TH Elite Seeds

Region of operation: Kirovohrad region

Land, thous. ha: 2.66

The trading house Elite Seeds is engaged in agricultural production for 2.8 thou. hectares. The company has a 20-year experience in the field. Organic farming, according to the information from Alexander Kamyshov, the owner of the enterprise, is carried out on 2.66 thou. hectares.

TH Elite Seeds has been certified as an organic agro-enterprise in Bio Inspecta. This organization checks and certifies organic products in accordance with the Decree on Swiss Organic Farming, the EU legislation on organic farming and the instructions of Bio Suisse. So, 2.66 thou. hectares of the land bank of this trading house have been certified for compliance with standards equivalent to the provisions of EU-834/2007 and 1235/2008. Another 140 ha are in the transition period.

On its organic lands, TH Elite Seeds grows wheat, corn, sunflower, soybean, beans, rapeseed, pumpkin and barley. The agro-enterprise exports organic products to Austria, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy.


Region of operation: Vinnitsa region

Land, thous. ha: 2

BIO FARM ORGANIC group of companies is engaged in organic crop production covering 2 thousand hectares of certified land and beekeeping certified in accordance with the requirements equivalent to EC-834/2007 and 889/2008. The company also plans to develop berry production.

The agrogroup produces and sells organic rye, wheat, barley, oats, flax seeds, millet, potatoes, chickpeas, mung beans. Aquaculture is another swiftly developing branch of the company.

The company cultivates the fields which had not been treated with synthetic pesticides and herbicides in the past 23 years, and mineral fertilizers in the past 12 years.

BIO FARM ORGANIC exports to Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and other countries.

13. Danube Agrarian

Region of operation: Odessa Region

Land, thous. ha: 2

Danube Agrarian is an active participant of main organic events both in Ukraine and abroad. The company’s land is located in Odessa region. The total of 2 thousand hectares (800 hectares under irrigation) is certified in accordance with the regulations equivalent to EC-834/2007 and 889/2008. The company was also certified by Bio Suisse (Switzerland).

Danube Agrarian is the only certified producer of organic watermelon in Ukraine. This year, the area of its production has doubled to 20 hectares.

The crop rotation of the company includes rapeseed, wheat, barley, peas, millet, sunflower, lentils, hard wheat, chickpeas, green peas, vegetables. There is also an organic orchard. Moreover, Danube Agrarian is the only producer of certified organic ducks and sheep in Ukraine. Besides, the company is one of the three largest producers of organic eggs in Ukraine.

Danube Agrarian exports to Austria, Germany, Romania, and Great Britain.

14. Agrotrade

Regions of operation: Chernihiv, Sumy, Poltava, and Kharkiv regions

Land, thous. ha: 1.8

Agrotrade’s land bank for organic production covers 1.8 thousand hectares out of the total of 70 thousand hectares.

The industrial (Khleborob LLC, Ukrzernoprom-Shevchenkovo LLC) and commercial (Agrotrade Export LLC) subdivisions of the agrogroup are certified by Organic Standard in accordance with the regulations equivalent to EC-834/2007 and 889/2008. Agrotrade has also applied for USDA NOP certification.

In a 2017 interview with, Director of Agro-Industrial Department of the Agrotrade group Viktor Kukharchuk noted that the company’s organic land was used for soybean, pumpkin, lentils and flax production. He also specified that theagro group planned to allot up to 10% of the land bank to organic farming.

15. Astarta-Kyiv

Regions of operation: Poltava, Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, Ternopil, Khmelnytskyi, Chernigiv, Kharkiv, and Cherkasy regions 

Land, thous. ha: 1.76

The agricultural and industrial holding Astarta-Kyiv has only started developing its organic branch. Currently, only one division of the company (List-Ruchki LLC in Poltava region) is switching to organic farming.

The company underwent the first stage of certification in autumn 2017. Now there are plans to grow organic corn, wheat, buckwheat, oats and soy on 1.76 thousand hectares.

Astarta faces three more years of the transition period but it will be able to harvest its first organic yield at List-Ruchki LLC in 2020.

16. Makishinsky Garden

Region of operation: Chernihiv region

Land, thous. ha: 1.4

Makishinsky Garden farm cultivates 1407 ha of land in Chernihiv region. The land, production capacities and animal husbandry of the farm are certified by Organic Standard in accordance with the regulations equivalent to EC-834/2007 and 889/2008.

The crop rotation of the farm includes lentils, cameline, winter triticale, spelt, lupine, mustard, oat, flax, naked oat and millet.

17. Agrofusion

Regions of operation: Nikolaev and Kherson regions

Land, thous. ha: 1.2

Integrated Agrosystems farm enterprise belongs to Agrofusion, a vertically-integrated group of companies. It cultivates 25,000 hectares of irrigated land in Nikolaev and Kherson regions. Those are the traditional areas for growing tomatoes in Ukraine. The major crops of the farm include tomatoes, wheat and barley.

The enterprise has introduced organic farming on 1.2 thousand hectares of land.

Every season, Agrofusion grows c.750 thousand tons of conventional and organic tomatoes and produces 1.2 thousand tons of organic tomato products.

The company’s production capacities are certified according to ISO 9001, FSSC 22 000, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18 001, and GlobalG.A.P as well as Organic Standard regulations equivalent to EC-834/2007 and 889/2008 in 2017. The company also has an Organic JAS (Japan) certification.

18. Kusto Agro

Region of operation: Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, and Khmelnytsk regions

Land, thous. ha: 1

Of 11.5 thousand hectares of land in its property, Kusto Agro company allocated 1023 hectares for the organic production. 80 hectares are currently in the transition period.

Kusto Agro grows winter wheat, rye, peas, sunflower and strawberries in accordance with organic technologies.

At the Corn AgroExpedition 2017, officials at the Agrolain Ukraine enterprise, which is part of the Kusto Agro-Farming structure in Zhytomyr region, noted that part of their land bank was certified by Organic Standard. They replaced no-till technology with organic farming.

19. Agrofirm named after T.Shevchenko

Region of operation: Kyiv region

Land, thous. ha: 1

Three years ago, the agro-enterprise named after T.Shevchenko was acquired by a multi-profile company Asnova Holding which made significant investments in its development. Initially, the objective was to create an integrated enterprise that would produce healthy ecological food products. At the same time, it was necessary to build a full-cycle production — from cultivation to the sale of processed products.

Currently, the agro-enterprise cultivates 2,5 thous. ha in Vasilkovsky district of Kyiv region. Moreover, 500 hectares of land have already been certified for compliance with standards equivalent to the EU-834/2007 and 889/2008, i.e. organic. Another 500 ha is in the transition period.

According to Organic Standard, the company produces such organic products as lettuce, spinach, radish, onion, parsley, arugula, microgreen sunflower, peas, soybeans, corn, wheat and oats, as well as coriander, fennel, raspberry, tomato. The structure of organic crop rotation is represented by legumes (soybean, lentils, peas) and cereals (winter rye, spring wheat, vetch, etc.).

A pilot project for the construction of organic greenhouses is also implemented at the agrofirm. There are two greenhouses with the total area of 1 thous. sq. m are already constructed. There is an organic orchard of 35 hectares.

20. Stary Porytsk

Region of operation: Volyn region

Land, thous. ha: 0.95

Stary Porytsk agricultural enterprise uses its entire land bank of 950 hectares in Volyn region for organic farming. This area and the production facilities of the company are certified in accordance with the requirements equivalent to EC-834/2007 and 889/2008 and by Bio Suisse (Switzerland).

Buckwheat, alfalfa, spelt, oats, peas produced at Stary Porytsk are certified as organic products.

The enterprise is also engaged in organic animal husbandry (horses, dairy cattle) and organic dairy production (milk, butter, cheese and whey). The enterprise used to process its milk at the EthnoProducts facilities; now they opened their own cheese factory and produce products under TM Syrna Karta.

Grain, cereals, and beans produced by Stary Porytsk are exported to Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The company exports organically-certified gluten-free spelt, buckwheat, oil flax and two types of fodder legumes to the above mentioned countries. Two-thirds of the 950 hectares of the land bank is allocated for export crops, the remaining area is used to produce fodder for cattle breeding.

21. Zolotyi Parmen

Region of operation: Chernihiv region

Land, thous. ha: 0.77

In December 2012, Zolotyi Parmen horticultural business passed certification of production assets for compliance with standards equivalent to EU-834/2007 and 889/2008. In addition, the company received the certificate of Bio Suisse (Switzerland). So, the company’s goal is to develop the production of true and natural product, as well as to popularize healthy eating among Ukrainians.

Zolotyi Parmen was established in 2005 for work in the field of horticulture, vegetable growing, cultivation and processing of cereals.

The land bank of the enterprise of 767 hectares has passed the certification as 100% organic. The main crops are lupine, spelt, rye, oats, black mustard, millet and buckwheat.

In 2012, the agro-enterprise commissioned a plant for the production of natural directly expressed juices, which together with the production of flour and cereals, is currently included in the number of organic assets of Zolotyi Parmen.

The produce is exported to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, the Netherlands and Italy.

Moreover, since 2016 Zolotyi Parmen has been breeding pigs of the mangal breed.

22. Quark

Region of operation: Poltava region

Land, thous. ha: 0.53

Quark agricultural company manages 525 hectares of land certified by Organic Standard in accordance with the regulations equivalent to EC-834/2007 and 889/2008. In addition, the company has a certificate from Bio Suisse (Switzerland).

Quark produces such organic crops as wheat (winter and spring, hard and soft varieties), barley, millet (yellow and red), buckwheat, confectionery and oilseed sunflower, corn, traditional and naked oats, rye, white mustard, coriander, chickpeas, soy, flax and vetch.

Moreover, the company is a certified producer of organic cereals and flour.

Quark exports to Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, and considers exporting to the Czech Republic and Israel.

23. Fruktona

Region of operation: Vinnytsia region

Land, thous. ha: 0.3

The group of companies united under TM Fruktona is known as a reliable supplier of high-quality fresh and frozen organic berries, fruit and vegetables. It was established in 2014 as a refrigerating complex for freezing, processing and storing berries, fruit, vegetables and mushrooms.

The total land bank of TM Fruktona enterprises, including Fruktona-VN and Fruktovaya Zirka, is more than 900 hectares. However, only 300 hectares are certified as organic lands. The company’s lands are concentrated in Vinnytsia region.

Besides cultivating berries, fruit, and vegetables, the group of companies is engaged in harvesting wild berries (blueberries, lingonberries, blackberries) and mushrooms (ceps and chanterelles), which are collected in ecologically clean areas of the Ukrainian Carpathians and Polesia. Moreover, the process of collecting wild-growing products meets the requirements of organic certification; it is confirmed by the certificate of Organic Standard UA-BIO-108.

In 2016, the company was certified in accordance with the requirements equivalent to EC-834/2007 and 889/2008.

A significant part of the products is exported to 12 countries of the European Union.

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