On April 20, the “Belt and Road” Working Committee of the China Association of Small and Medium Enterprises and the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation signed a strategic cooperation memorandum, aiming to jointly develop the modern agricultural trade and industrial parks between China and Ukraine based on the agricultural industry.
Vladyslava Magaletska, head of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection, said that large Ukrainian grain production companies are very interested in cooperating with Chinese companies, and the two sides enjoy huge potential for cooperation in meat, dairy products, honey, etc. The State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection and the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation has been working together for 15 years, which has greatly expanded the export channels of Ukrainian agricultural products.
Mykola Gorbachev, president of Ukrainian Grain Association, said, “Members of our association account for 90% of Ukrainian grain export and have exported 10 million tons of grain to China this year. I think there is still room for double or even triple the growth in grain exports to China. The meticulous work of Chinese companies makes us feel that they are great partners. It is hoped that Chinese companies can go deeper in the planting process and strengthen cooperation between the two countries in planting.”
Yuri Lupenko, vice-president of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine said, “We currently conduct good cooperation with nine Chinese scientific research institutions, including the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. We attach great importance to the signing of this memorandum, and believe it will help the two sides to develop in-depth cooperation.”
Antonina, president of the Community of Pulse Producers and Customers of Ukraine said, “In 2020, Ukraine exported 2.91 million tons of peas to China, an increase of 46% year-on-year. We have taken many measures to increase exports of peas to China. At present, we are increasing the planting area of peas and soybeans and hope to continue to expand the export of bean products to China.”
Wu Hongyu, secretary-general of the “Belt and Road” Working Committee of the China Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, remarked that a city in China will be selected to establish an exhibition and sales center for Ukrainian agricultural products in China this year, so that Ukrainian grain exporters and Chinese importers can communicate directly and reduce trade links. The Association will also encourage Chinese enterprises to build agricultural industrial parks in Ukraine to help Chinese enterprises to develop in the animal husbandry, dairy, and soybean industries in Ukraine.
(Source: CCPIT/ www.chinatradenews.com.cn)