May 6, 2013


Ukraine produces nearly 2.1 million tonnes milk



Ukraine has produced almost 2.1 million tonnes of milk since the beginning of the year, which is 24,500 tonnes up against the same period of the previous year.


Agricultural Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk has said.


"Since January 2013, almost 2.1 million tonnes of milk was produced by all categories of economies. And this is 24,500 tonnes up against the same period of the previous year. If to look at the categories of economies, the largest milk volumes were produced by households - 1.5 million tonnes. Agricultural enterprises produced 581,000 tonnes of milk, which is also 2.8% up against the previous year," the official noted.


In his opinion, milk production remains stable at households. An important task is raising the quality of milk from the peasants' yards, which will ensure growth of the purchase price for milk.


Currently milk, which is purchased from households, costs on average UAH2,552 (US$315) per tonne. However, this milk is of the second class. And in order that peasants received a higher price for this milk, it is necessary to raise its quality. It can be ensured by effective economic methods. Thus, the state will further compensate a cost of the individual milking installation. Since the year start, over UAH3 million (US$371,000) was spent on this programme," the Minister said.


He also stressed that creation of family farms and milk cooperatives will help raising the milk quality. They will promote attraction of modern technologies for milk production, thus ensuring high purchase prices for milk.