annum. The most popular poultry
products in Ukraine are breast, fillet,
quarters and some by-products.
Bakumenko commented: "Today,
the Ukrainian poultry industry is
developing with industrial growth
rates. The industry currently uses
a vertically-integrated model of
development, where production costs
are significantly lower, while the quality
of finished production is higher than
those of small-scale enterprises.
country in the world currently has
such dynamics of development in its
domestic poultry industry."
While the Ukrainian industry may
be growing healthily, this was not
always the case, and there is yet to
be a return to the levels experienced
prior to the global recession.
According to analysts’
“In addition, the industry uses the
best international experience in the
field of breeding and production
of raw materials, as well as new
technologies in management,
feeding and processing of poultry.
All of this has allowed for the past
nine years to increase domestic
production of poultry meat 30 fold,
and egg production has trebled. I
want to emphasize that no other
Road to progress
Following the collapse of the
forecasts, the local market
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics,
However, the 2002 imposition of
restrictions on imports of chicken legs
from the U.S. provided a significant
impetus for the development of the
local industry. As recently as 2001,
will continue to increase by at
least 10 percent per annum.
production volumes stood at only
120,000 metric tons, while imports
stood at 69,000 metric tons, 90
percent of which came from the U.S.
Along with the restriction on U.S.
imports came an increase in state
support for the poultry industry,
which resulted in the current leading
companies in the sector, which include
Dnipro poultry plant, Agromars
company and particularly Myronivsky
Hliboproduct, MHP, now considered
one of the largest poultry producers in
Central and Eastern Europe, and which
has gained the right for exports of its
poultry to the EU.
Most of Ukraine’s production
facilities have been recently built
from scratch, due to the fact that, the
Soviet Ukraine paid little attention
to the development of its poultry
Currently, most leading Ukrainian
poultry producers are vertically
integrated holdings, which also
produce their own productions of
grain and fodder. This allows them
to have more independence and
to save on production costs and
boost labor productivity. At present,
the share of the large agricultural
holdings in the Ukrainian poultry
production accounts for in excess of
35 percent. □
❯ Eugene Gerden is an international
freelance writer specializing in the
global poultry and meat industry.
He can be reached at: gerden.eug@