The organic industry appeared in Ukraine not so long ago and it can be called a niche. So far, it is not very popular in Ukraine and many other countries, but it can help producers become exclusive and significantly expand their capabilities, writes SEEDS.
This was said by Dmytro Bulbakh, Export and Import Director, AMVEL sro (Czech Republic), during the international online conference “Shock freezing of berries, fruits, and vegetables 2023: a market overview, investments, prospects”.
The event, organized by EastFruit, an international horticultural business analytical platform with the support of the UN FAO and the EBRD, took place on the Sapienza.media platform.
“Organics. I do not want to weigh all the pros and cons. I want to tell you that there are opportunities and, of course, obligations. If we talk about opportunities, there is much less competition in organic. For now. Because of the obligations, many refuse to grow bio-products.
However, organic is a more stable market. In addition, due to the fact that the volumes of organic products are limited, there are likely to be fewer problems with sales. If there is a big harvest of conventional products and everyone and everywhere produces them, the competition is higher,” Dmytro Bulbakh emphasizes.
As for obligations, according to an entrepreneur from the Czech Republic, there are a lot of them. These are more advanced inspections, for which products must be sent to foreign laboratories. And more thorough checks for microbiology and pesticides.
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These are the requirements for organic producers in Ukraine and all over the world. For every kilogram of berries, there is a kilogram of documents that the client receives, says Dmytro Bulbakh. However, all efforts pay off with interest.
“Organics is an opportunity to keep up with trends. The trend for organic is actively developing in Europe. Every year the shelves of organics in supermarkets are getting wider and wider. People are learning little by little that organic is healthier. Organics are promoted everywhere in social networks – today it is a trend,” says the entrepreneur.
In addition, organic is the opening of new markets, notes Dmytro Bulbakh. Many countries support the development of this area, there are subsidies and grants. The development of this direction is welcome both in Bulgaria and Ukraine.
Watch the speech by Dmytro Bulbakh and other speakers of the online conference “Shock freezing of berries, fruits, and vegetables 2023: a market overview, investments, prospects” in the video (in Russian).
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