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Import substitution observed in Ukraine's dairy industry in April – UCAB

KYIV. May 6 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Imports of dairy products to Ukraine in April decreased by 62% compared to April 2021, to 3,330 tonnes, while their exports amid the military invasion of the aggressor country, Russia, decreased only by 21%, to 5,630 tonnes, according to the website of the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UCAB) on Thursday.

At the same time, it is specified that this substitution of imports of dairy products was caused by the restoration of the work of 70% of Ukrainian milk processing plants from their pre-war number, as well as the outflow of part of the population abroad.

"Due to the fact that a certain proportion of the population is abroad, and enterprises are increasing production, dairy producers are able to cope with the current domestic demand, which provides opportunities for increasing the export of Ukrainian products abroad with safe logistics," UCAB quotes its expert Maksym Hopka.

According to him, the majority of dairy enterprises have resumed their work and are trying to meet the needs of consumers where there are logistical opportunities, by launching sales of products in supermarket chains and their own outlets in the markets.

It is specified that out of 5,630 tonnes of dairy products exported from Ukraine in April, cheese amounted to 1,550 tonnes, non-condensed milk and cream – 2,550 tonnes, condensed milk and cream – 1,300 tonnes, fermented milk and cream – 190 tonnes, whey – 650 tonnes, butter – 500 tonnes, and cheese – 440 tonnes.

In turn, out of 3,330 tonnes of imported dairy products, non-condensed milk and cream amounted to 1,000 tonnes, condensed milk and cream – 30 tonnes, fermented milk and cream – 650 tonnes, whey – 90 tonnes, and butter – 14 tonnes.