“One of the base achievements is a participation of Ukraine in Seed schemes of Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). I’m very glad that today Ukraine is a participant for grain, crucials and other oilseed and textile crops, sugar and fodder beet. We applied for joining the Seed schemes of OECD of pulses in September 2020. It is a base element very important for Ukraine. Moreover, finalization of procedure for export of Ukrainian seed to the European Union was an important step. On October 21, 2020, we celebrated joining of Ukraine to the non-members of the EU who can export grain seed to the European market - wheat, triticale, rye, oats, barley, rice, corn and sorghum”, - he said.
T.Kachka added that the Ministry was actively working on the improvement of registration of plant varieties and seed certification.
“Since the start of 2021, there have been 77.15 thsd tonnes of seed certified in Ukraine, including 56.46 thsd tonnes produced in our country. It means we have potential for development of seed industry”, - the Deputy Minister supposes.
T.Kachka agrees that the climatic policy and food demand will be the main factors influencing the industry in long-term prospect.
“We see that the EU is aiming on less usage of pesticides and agrochemicals and wider production of organic products. It raises an issue about efficiency of agriculture and its ability to cover the demand for food products, including grains. Other important global players like the USA say it is possible via use of more efficient varieties of plants, gene-modified. It again raises the discussion about seed used, which varieties can be allowed and which cannot”, - he summarized.