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30 October 2020
Optimus Agro: sunflower oil production at the Zaporizhzhya Oil Extraction Plant
Ukraine has been the world’s leading producer and exporter of sunflower oil for many years. Elevatorist.com visited one of the country’s most powerful sunflower seed processing plants to explore every step of the oil’s creation, from sunflower seeds to the production and quality control of the finished product.
Zaporizhzhya Oil Extraction Plant (ZOEP) began its production in 1947, with an initial production capacity of around 400 tons per day (tpd). After a change of shareholder in 1997, work on the modernization and development of ZOEP started. Thanks to additional investments made in 2004, production capacity increased to 700 tpd, an oil filtration line with a capacity of 250 tpd, two hydration lines supplying 400 tpd, and two lecithin drying lines allowing seven tpd were installed. By 2005, the production capacity of ZOEP reached 780 tons tpd.
In 2010, a new oil extraction production facility specifically for processing sunflower seeds added, bringing capacity up to 1800 tpd.The plant further increased its production capacity, and today ZOEP total capacity is 2800 tpd.
“Zaporizhzhya Oil Extraction Plant is one of the industry leaders in Ukraine and abroad. We have a sunflower seed production capacity of 900,000 tons per year, and in 2019 we also produced 368,000 tons of oil and about 330,000 tons of sunflower meal. Environmental safety and the implementation of our production program are our most important tasks. We support environmental initiatives and develop and implement environmental protection programs. We have a long history and we’ve grown into a very professional team of 574 people today who, together, successfully copes with the tasks we are set,” says Andrey Zakernichny, Production Director of Zaporizhzhya Oil Extraction Plant.
Every day, between 70 and 150 vehicles with sunflower seeds arrive at Zaporizhzhya Oil Extraction Plant. Sunflower seed quality samples are taken using two Rakoraf autosamplers.
The accredited raw material laboratory conducts a technical analysis of the seeds using the arbitration method to create daily quality controls, under the watchful eye of the three laboratory technicians and an inspector foreman in each shift.
The work of the raw materials laboratory is organized on a twelve-hour schedule. The laboratory staff consists of the head of the raw materials laboratory, his deputy and four teams working in shifts.
In order to increase the throughput capability during acceptance of raw materials this year, Optimus Agro purchased a new moisture meter “Aquamatic”, which significantly reduces the time for the overall analysis of each machine.
The raw material laboratory also determines the oil content of the sunflower seeds in each transport unit using an NMR analyzer, followed by the analysis of the average daily sample in the testing laboratory by the arbitration method. The NMR analyzer is also set to determine the mass fraction of oil in rapeseed.
After the laboratory, the machines are sent to the weighing station, which has two 80-ton strain-gauge scales with a platform length of 18 m. They are served by one weigher. All data is entered into a special computer program.
After weighing, the machines go to unloading at three points of auto-reception. Sunflower seeds are transported from two truck unloaders to the storage warehouse (four silos and three floor stores with a total capacity of 30 thousand tons). In 2019-2020, the company invested EUR2.1 million in the construction of additional storage tanks for sunflower seeds.
Another route from the third truck unloader is a direct feed for seed cleaning, without an intermediate store. Five Buhler SMA-206 machines are in operation for cleaning. On average, their productivity is 3 thousand tons per day, but at peak loads this increases to 3.5 thousand tpd. The cleaned seeds are then sent for further processing.
Sunflower seeds are transported for processing from silos for pre-production cleaning using a series of transport elements. Then they go to an intermediate hopper, which is a buffer tank at the production facility. The seeds are then weighed, and samples are taken for quality analysis.
The oil production line is fully automated, with every stage of the process carefully controlled and monitored. Seed peeling is the first stage of this part of the production process, followed by the husk being separated and the sunflower seed being crushed and refined, the resulting mass then being subjected to moisture-heat treatment in braziers and then pressed, at which point the oil appears.
This oil is then put through two stages of purification; the first is in a thickened strap, and the second is on a vertical leaf filter with its own inspection window, which shows the oil clarifying and, in time, allows you to see the pure sunflower oil. Washing and filtration follows, with the oil then transferred to the finished product warehouse.
Sunflower husks are fed to beater separators, a special equipment designed for additional separation of the kernel from the husk. The husk, separated during processing, is sent to two operational silos with a total capacity of 3.5 thousand m3. One of them is for the husk granulation and its further export, and the second is a buffer storage for the fuel of its own CHP (combined heat & power generator). In 2019, about 150 thousand tons of husk were produced at the Zaporizhzhya Oil Extraction Plant.
After pressing, not only oil is obtained, but also oilcake with a residual oil content of 18 – 21%. First, this oilcake is cooled, and then it goes the extraction section.
The extraction site, which is in a separate closed area, is an explosive object, therefore, unauthorized personnel are strictly prohibited. To extract vegetable oil from the oilcake, a solvent that meets the requirements of the European REASN directives is used. This solvent complies with Ukrainian legislation for the use of vegetable fats extraction in the food industry, in accordance with the conclusion of the state sanitary and epidemiological examination No. 05.03.02-03 / 3344.
Once the oil is extracted, the oilcake required further processing, with the solvent distilled and the by-product non-granular meal is obtained, which is then stored in a dedicated warehouse on the same site. This warehouse is fully automated and equipped with Buhler machinery, with a EUR400,000 investment in building a line for the purification of phosphatide concentrate (lecithin from non-fatty impurities) implemented in 2019.
While the process of extracting the oil takes around two hours and the production of non-granular meal takes around three hours, it is only 40 minutes from unloading the sunflower seeds until the pressed oil is achieved.
Before sending the finished products to customers, the testing laboratory specialists carefully check them for compliance with regulatory documents.
In the laboratory, the physical and chemical parameters of the raw materials and finished products are determined.
“In oil, we determine moisture and volatiles, acid and peroxide numbers, phosphorus-containing substances and non-fatty impurities. These are the indicators that are included in the quality certificates (‘manufacturer’s declaration’) for each vehicle,” says Irina Moskalenko, head of the ZOEP testing laboratory.
Quality control is carried out by laboratory specialists in accordance with the company’s approved control schemes.
The testing laboratory is equipped with modern machinery, helping to significantly reduce the analysis time.
Zaporizhzhya Oil Extraction Plant’s testing laboratory was accredited by UNBA in 2018. This accreditation certificate confirms the technical competence of the laboratory to test raw materials and finished products and means that third-party organizations can be tested under the scope of the laboratory accreditation.
Once each year, testing methods are validated and equipment is calibrated by an accredited organization. Standard and reference samples are used to check the operation of equipment and to verify the method used.
Specifically, Agilent gas chromatographs are used to determine the fatty acid composition of vegetable oil and oilseeds, and the residual hexane content in oil and meal. Significant expansion of the scope of accreditation is planned.
The safety of the finished products is also approved by certifying company SGS-Ukraine since 2009, following an audit of the ‘Food Safety Management System’, which was developed in accordance with the requirements of the international standard ISO 22000: 2005. Starting from 2016 SGS-Ukraine conducts audits for compliance with the requirements of the international standard GMP + B2 ‘production feed ingredients’, which demonstrates compliance with all conditions to ensure the safety of feed ingredients, compliance with relevant legal regulations and all industry, statutory, regulatory and contractual requirements.
Zaporizhzhya Oil Extraction Plant is successful in increasing the energy efficiency of production processes and optimizing the use of energy resources.
As such, a new CHP was put into operation in 2015, with a capacity of 50 tons of steam per hour, operating on sunflower husks. To provide the production with its own electricity, a steam turbine from the world’s leading turbine manufacturer Howden, with a capacity of 4.2 MW, was installed.
In 2018, in order to increase service intervals and obtain stable steam production, a CHP modernization project was implemented: Clide Bergemann blowers were installed on two boilers.
Since 2019, ZOEP has been able to completely abandon the use of natural gas, thanks a EUR 519,000 project that saw the modernisation of its Rafako OL-20 gas-husk boiler, allowing natural gas to be replaced with sunflower husk, with the possibility of adding up to 15% sunflower seed litter, with a further EUR500,000 invested in the turbine.
All boilers at Zaporizhzhya Oil Extraction Plant are equipped with electrostatic precipitators, which do not allow excess emissions into the atmosphere.
Next year, a project is planned to implement a large-scale energy audit across the plant to identify new ways of optimising energy costs and to determine solutions to further increase its energy independence.
According to Anatoly Martynov, owner of Optimus Agro, the company will continue investing in the development of the ZOEP infrastructure. Upcoming plans include a complete transition to electricity self-sufficiency (currently, depending on the season, standing at 20% to 38%); modernisation of the old oil extraction plant, with the possibility of increasing processing from 880 tons of sunflower per day to 1200 tons; plus an increase in the capacity of one-time storage of raw materials by 60 thousand tons.
After spending several days at the plant, we were convinced that the process of sunflower oil production requires extensive organisation, expertise and responsibility – the Zaporizhzhya Oil Extraction Plant team certainly has all these qualities.
21 July 2020
Elena Burkatovskaya: OptimusAgro Trade plans to maintain leadership positions and continue development
The company’s products are in great demand both in Ukraine and abroad. In August 2019, OptimusAgro Trade LLC received a certificate of compliance with ISCC EU standards (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification is a voluntary certification program for manufacturers and suppliers, created on the basis of the European Directive on Renewable Energy Sources). The certificate of this standard is recognised by all countries of the world. In December 2019, OptimusAgro Trade LLC was certified according to the new version of the ISO 22000: 2018 standard, and in January 2020, the company received certificates of compliance with international standards GMP + B2 “Production of feed ingredients” and GMP + B3 “Vending, collection, storage and shipment”.
Elena Burkatovskaya, General Manager of OptimusAgro Trade, talks about the company’s achievements and plans.
– Elena, you have been working for Optimus Agro Trade since it was founded in 1997. From 2012, you have been appointed as General Manager. Looking back, what are the main success and overcoming difficulties that you are proud of most?
– In 1997, as a very young specialist, I was invited to work in the financial department by the owner of the company, Anatoly Martynov. Thanks to the growth opportunities within the company, in 2012 I became General Director /Manager.
The main activities of the company: acceptance, storage and shipment of agricultural products; sunflower seed processing; sale of grain crops, sunflower oil, meal and other processed products.
Over the years, the company has increased the capacity of single storage to 1.1 million tons, increased the processing capacity to 900 thousand tons of sunflower per year, and actively sells agricultural products to many countries of the world.
One of the difficult tasks for me was to create an effective professional team capable of achieving the stated goals. Today “OptimusAgro Trade” is included in the TOP-5 producers of unrefined sunflower oil and meal, as well as in the TOP-10 companies in terms of elevator capacities in Ukraine. The company is proud of its long-term mutually-beneficial relationships with its partners – agricultural producers and product buyers.
How efficiently did you manage to reboot the enterprises of “OptimusAgro Trade” during the lock-down period? What has been done to keep workers safe?
– We quickly adapted to the remote operating mode. In particular, when employees started to work from home, there were no interruptions at all. There were strict protective measures organised to prevent spreading of infection. At a General Managers meeting, we discussed and set up an action plan, appointed responsible persons and established control over the implementation of all tasks.
During the lock-down period, we organised transportation of our employees using the company’s own transport excluding public transport, monitored temperature, provided with sanitising and disinfection, and promoted partial remote work for office staff. Currently I believe that these security measures were sufficient, and we will continue to stick to these protocols for the near future.
– What are the company’s production results in the previous and current marketing year? Can we count on maintaining positive dynamics?
– In MY 2018/19, we increased our own sunflower seed processing rate by 11% compared to the previous season. In the current marketing year, there is an increase in processing rates too, owing to a good harvest of sunflower, so the company plans to complete it in a positive manner.
– How are things going with the implementation of foreign trade contracts? And what are the general achievements of the company in external/international markets? – “OptimusAgro Trade” is an export-oriented company, the export share ranges from 80 to 95% in the total sales of products depending on the year, conditions, market conditions. The main products we export are unrefined sunflower oil, granular / non-granular sunflower meal, and granulated husk. We ship unrefined sunflower oil in bulk mainly to Asian countries, we also work with China and the UAE. We sell sunflower meal to Poland, Belarus, Spain, France, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Morocco. The company is constantly working to expand its sales geography.
In the current season, thanks to new opportunities for meal’s export shipments directly from Zaporizhzhya river port to Turkish and Greek customers, we made it possible to significantly reduce the cost of delivery of products to the end customer, without any costs for accumulation and storage. Loading of containers directly at the plant with the subsequent dispatch of the ‘customs-cleared’ container by road or rail to the port can rightfully be considered a promising direction for shipment of meal in the current season.
– Despite all the challenges that have arisen this year, we’d like to ask about future plans. What goals do you set for yourself and the company for the next five years?
– Main goals: maintaining a leading position in the industry, generating its own electricity at the Zaporizhzhya oil extraction plant, multi-processing of soybeans and rapeseed, building additional storage tanks for agricultural products with 60 thousand tons capacity, increasing sales of petroleum products to agricultural producers and actively developing grain trading. Our company’s name “Optimus Agro” obliges us to look to the future with optimism.
Author of the article: www.dsnews.ua
19 June 2020
OptimusАgro Trade has increased its authorized capital
On June 19, the authorized capital of Optimusagro Trade LLC was increased to USD 10 million.
This should increase the Company’s rating as a borrower among financial institutions and banks.
2 April 2020
OptimusAgro Trade’s Nikopol Paternoster Becomes Itinerary Paternoster
Nikopol Separate Structural Subdivision of OptimusAgro Trade LLC in the Dnipropetrovsk oblast has become an itinerary paternoster, as reported by Dmytro Bosyi, the Technical Director of Nikopol Separate Structural Subdivision.
“Our company has made a serious effort to obtain the routing of the Nikopol paternoster; now the company can load 52 cars in 36 hours (less than two full days). In addition, the paternoster can simultaneously carry out operations such as grain acceptance and loading into cars. The peculiarity of our paternoster becoming an itinerary one is its competitiveness. Today, both manufacturers and traders are interested in using routes in their work due to guarantees of timely delivery. We invite all producers and traders to cooperate with our company.”
1 April 2020
Olena Burkatovska: On Effectively Restarting OptimusAgro Trade Enterprises during Quarantine
😷The quarantine has caught all of us off-guard. Both companies and
individual businesses are adapting to new circumstances. It is very important
for everyone to understand what is happening with the partners with which your
business has relationships.
Olena Burkatovska, the CEO of OptimusAgro, told us about the efforts implemented by our group enterprises to cope with the crisis and the coronavirus during the imposed quarantine in an interview with Elevatorist.com:
“Our company provides raw materials for food and feed producers, so it is important for us to ensure a high-quality, safe, and continuous operation of all our structural subdivisions.
“While striving to create safe working conditions for the employees of all our subdivisions, we have faced a number of difficulties when purchasing antiseptic means for hands and rooms, medical face masks, and contactless thermometers. It was not easy to provide everything necessary to our 2,000 employees in the 6 oblasts of the central and southern regions of the presence of our company in Ukraine. At the same time, all the precautions had to be followed; and we buy everything we need every day.”
To read the complete interview, click on the following link: https://elevatorist.com/…/80-elena-burkatovskaya-v-period-k…
19 March 2020
OptimusAgro Trade LLC Makes Considerable Efforts Aimed at Timely Execution of Foreign Trade Contracts
At present, OptimusAgroTrade LLC supplies grain, oil, and processed products by road and railway transport in Ukraine on a regular basis despite restrictions on certain types of transportation adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
As reported by our press service, our company supports restrictive and anti-epidemic measures aimed at protecting the safety and health of our employees.
At the same time, many companies report difficulties accepting unrefined sunflower oil in the Ukrainian seaports, which is explained by the large balances of this product at the terminals (in excess of 500 thousand tons).
In addition, large oil balances at terminals are associated with restrictions on the movement of vessels to China and Asia, as well as due to the quarantine in Ukrainian ports.
It should be noted that there are no difficulties at present with the internal transportation of cargoes of sunflower meal, nor with shipments to EU countries. However, delays of several hours may occur at the border, as the checkpoints are closed or restricted by a lengthy customs control procedure.
At the same time, a more serious problem for agribusiness is the significant fluctuation of the U.S. dollar against the hryvnia.
3 March 2020
OptimusAgro Trade LLC Holds Strategic Session
On March 3 and 4, the top management of our company was
involved in a strategic session.
Our team is a very powerful resource for ideas. While it may be difficult to judge according to certain criteria, each idea generated during this session will have a certain impact on the future of our company as a whole.
We worked very hard and discussed a number of important issues. And now we only need to gather additional analytics and some calculations for our final strategy for 2020-2025 to be compiled.
29 February 2020
OptimusAgro Trade Joins the TOP-10 Paternoster Companies in Ukraine for Capacity
According to the results of 2019, OptimusAgro Trade ranked 8th and was in the Top-10 largest paternoster companies in Ukraine in terms of capacity at 863 thousand tons of total storage capacity of agricultural products, as reported by Latifundist.com.
The Top-10 companies include:
To read more, click the following link:
27 February 2020
The “Low-Power Station” Status Will Result in Closing Down of Adjacent Paternosters – OptimusAgro Trade LLC
The “low-power station” status will result in the closing down of adjacent paternosters, as reported by Roman Suzak, the Director of the Department of Commodity Flows of OptimusAgro Trade LLC during the 4th International Conference “Railways of Ukraine: Development and Investments.”
Mr. Suzak cited, in particular, examples of the negative effects of the passage through stations after they receive the “low-power” status. This leads to a significant increase in logistics costs, the replacement of railway transport with motor transport, which results in an additional load on the motorways and adversely affects the condition of the roads; the reduction of the number of paternosters and stations and, as a consequence, the social tension in the region and the lack of payment to local budgets; untimely export of agricultural products; the loss of paternosters and their closure; and the closure of storage tracks at stations and their plundering.
Mr. Suzak has also suggested ways to address this problem:
16 January 2020
OptimusAgro Trade LLC Receives GMP + B2 and GMP + B3 International Certificates
In January 2020, our company received certificates confirming our compliance with requirements of GMP + B2 “Production of Feed Ingredients” and GMP + B3 “Trade, Collection, and Storage & Transshipment” international standards. The certification audit was carried out by auditors of SGS Ukraine.
The GMP+ certification covers an entire cycle from primary production of the sunflower extraction cake to the delivery of compound animal feedstuff to animal farms (uniform principles for the entire industry) and confirms the high level of control of the quality of raw materials and ready products at OptimusAgro Trade LLC. The result of the certification was the receipt of access to a single information database of market participants and holders of GMP+ certificates by the Company.
It should be noted that our company developed and implemented an integrated system of quality and safety management of food and feed in 2017 in accordance with the requirements of ISO 22000 and GMP + international standards.
3 January 2020
Holiday Season Congratulations
Dear friends, colleagues, and partners,
We at OptimusAgro Trade would like to extend our congratulations
on Christmas and New Year.
Thank you for our long-term partnership relations and the trust you have placed in our company. We would also like to wish that the new year brings your good news, happy events, and reliable partners and colleagues.
3 January 2020
OptimusAgro Trade’s Zaporizhzhia Oil Extraction Plant Increases Raw Material Storage Capacity
In December, construction of silos with a total volume of 10 thousand tons was completed at the production department of OptimusAgro Trade’s Zaporizhzhia Oil Extraction Plant.
After commissioning of the grain warehouse, the total volume of one-time storage of sunflower seeds at the plant will amount to 30 thousand tons.
Industrialstroy LLC, which is a partner of our company, has successfully completed the construction: the installation of foundations for the construction of new facilities and the installation of metal structures of grain warehouses and crossway connections. The equipment of Variant Agro Stroy LLC (Ukraine) is installed.
3 January 2020
OptimusAgro Trade Among the First Companies Certified under Revised ІSO 22000:2018 Standard
We are glad to inform you that our company was among the first companies in Ukraine to become certified under revised ISO 22000:2018 standard at the end of 2019.
The above standard uses a procedural approach together with Plan-Do-Check-Act and risk-oriented attitude and supports the adoption of a procedural approach in the course of development, implementation, updating, and increasing the performance characteristics.
A risk-oriented attitude allows an organization to identify the factors that can cause food safety management processes and systems to deviate from their intended outcomes, as well as to engage management measures aimed at preventing or minimizing possible side effects.
We are very grateful to Helix LLC and individually to Volodymyr Oleksiyovych Kudria for their assistance in the development and implementation of food safety management systems in our enterprises in accordance with the ISO 22000:2018 standard.
Certification audit under the revised ISO 22000:2018 standard was carried out by auditors of SGS Ukraine.
We at OptimusAgro Trade are part of a single big and friendly team and strive to do our utmost to ensure that our customers are fully satisfied and that we fulfill our mission.
3 January 2020
OptimusAgro Trade Congratulates Children on St. Nicholas Day
On December 19, OptimusAgro Trade congratulated the wards of Nikopol Medical Specialized Center for Medical and Social Rehabilitation of Children on St. Nicholas Day. The children with impaired mobility were unparalleled in their roles of fairy-tale characters as part of The Snow Queen performance.
After the celebration, 70 children received sweet gifts from OptimusAgro Trade, and we were recharged with emotions and high spirits from the children.
These incredible children will always remain in our hearts.
28 December 2019
Strategic Session Was Held at OptimusAgro Trade
On November 26 and 27, the Top Management of our Company was involved in the strategic session.
Our team is a very powerful resource for ideas. It may be difficult to judge by certain criteria, but each idea generated during that session would have some impact on the future of our Company as a whole.
We worked very hard and had some discussions. The only thing we need is to gather additional analytics and some calculations and our final strategy for 2020 – 2025 will be formed.
28 December 2019
Firefighting Training Was Held at the OptimusAgro Trade Headquarters
On November 12, a firefighting training was held at the OptimusAgro Trade headquarters on “Actions of senior staff and personnel in the event of a fire and the evacuation of people, documents and property”.
Our employees have received both theoretical and practical skills. Initially, employees of Dnipro City Administration of GU DSNS (The Chief Directorate of the State Emergency Service) of Ukraine in Dnipropetrovsk Region lead a discussion how to behave in the event of a fire, how to navigate and respond quickly in various extreme situations.
After that, a practical training was conducted on the use of primary fire extinguishers. Employees were able to test their theoretical knowledge in practice and to extinguish “the fire” using their fire extinguisher.
6 November 2019
OptimusAgro Trade Company Participated in the Oil and Fat Industry-2019 Conference
Today our team visited the key event of the oil sector of Ukraine and the countries of the Black Sea Region – The 18th International Conference “Oil and Fat Industry-2019”, which united the leaders of the oil and fat industry of Ukraine, the world’s largest producers and importers of oil and refining products to discuss new and current trends on the market.
During the Conference, the traders of our Company led by the Management received the most up-to-date and professional information on the perspective innovative solutions in the conditions of fierce competition on the oil market of the country as well as got acquainted and strengthened the cooperation with new Ukrainian and international companies.
6 November 2019
VAT Non-Refunding on Soybean and Rapeseed Exports May Lead to the Processing Industry Development in the Long Term – Ihor Bazylievych
Cancellation of VAT refunds on soybeans and rapeseed exports from Ukraine may lead to the development of the processing industry of these crops in the long term as happened to the sunflower processing upon the export duty introduction. This was said in an interview with APK-Inform by the First Deputy Director of OptimusAgro Trade Ihor Bazylievych.
“From a farmer’s point of view it is bad, from a processor’s and the state’s point of view (the increase in added value during processing, more taxes and jobs) is good”, the expert said.
In his opinion, it would be ideal to set up agricultural cooperatives through the example of French Saipola (a cooperative in France, a part of the Avril Group), so that the farmer does not lose its profit and the added value remains in the state. Read more about I. Bazylievych’s vision of the situation on the oil market both in Ukraine and in the world in an interview “The Global Demand for Vegetable Oils Should Rise in 2019/20 Season More Than the Production – Ihor Bazylievych”.
5 November 2019
“Difficulties in our work are a given; otherwise, how can we see our achievements?” – Olena Burkatovska
“In our country, all enterprises are often affected by the complexity of doing business. Problems with the quality of raw materials supplied, the logistics, the rolling stock, and sharp currency fluctuations…. These are but some of the difficult – and sometimes critical – situations that not only our business in Ukraine has to deal with,” Olena Burkatovska, the CEO of OptimusAgro Trade LLC, explained her position in an exclusive interview to Delo.ua.
“For example, one of the most recent terms that have come into use is ‘low-load stations.’ This terms means stations with a load capacity of no more than three cars. Incorporating this term into the current legislation will have major consequences. Recognition of a station as a low-active one entails additional fees from the railway as well as the distribution of rolling stock on a residual basis; this results in the fact that enterprises located in the immediate vicinity of such low-active stations will have to shut down or incur significant financial costs. This will in turn result in larger unemployment numbers. In such situations, we come together and look into the most efficient solutions. The support, professionalism, and competence of our team leads to the solution of sometimes very difficult tasks. For the last few years, we have been paying a lot of attention to the development of our personnel by conducting trainings, briefings, and team-building events, which positively affects the effectiveness of teamwork at our company.”
More details about the aligned work of our team, the restructuring of the business model, and the crisis management at OptimusAgro Trade can be found here.
5 November 2019
OptimusAgro Trade’s Kachkarivka Paternoster Congratulates Villagers on Their Holiday
At the beginning of October,
Kachkarovka celebrated the Village Day. The Kachkarivka paternoster crew
congratulated the villagers on the long-awaited holiday and wished them health,
success in their work, generous harvests, and peace and tranquility in their
During the celebration, a three-meter-long artificial Christmas tree was presented to the community center of the village to bring joy to adults and children and to preserve the comfort of the community and the lives of the living trees surrounding the village.
The personnel of the paternoster wowed the celebration guests with a bright “Rainbow Color Show,” during which the sky was painted with colored smoke to a stormy applause.
At the end of the village day celebration, children launched 30 kites, which were then handed out, into the sky.
We would like to thank the members of the Kachkarivka paternoster personnel for their initiative and participation in organizing this terrific holiday.
4 September 2019
Optimusagro Trade Has Received a European Environmental Standards Compliance Certificate ISCC EU.
We are glad to inform you that Optimusagro Trade LLC has received ISCC EU Certificate (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification), which is a voluntary certification programme of manufacturers and suppliers established on the basis of the European Renewable Energy Directive. The certificate of this standard is recognized by all the countries of the world. Availability of the Certificate at the Company means that production has high environmental standards; it controls greenhouse gas emissions. The established Company policy highlights the commitment to sustainable development according to the ISCC principles that apply to the enterprise as a member of the society. In addition, the auditors of the Control Union certification body assess, according to the ISCC EU standard, the transparency of purchase and movement of goods and services across the chain from the producer to the consumer, compliance with the national and international standards of environmental protection, labour protection Thanks to the Compliance Certificate obtained, the Company will be able to trade rapeseed according to the ISCC standards.
22 August 2019
Optimusagro Trade Started Receiving Sunflower on Elevator in Dnipropetrovsk Region
On August 16, the first batch of sunflower seeds of 2019 harvest was received at Chortomlytsia section of Nikopol elevator (Dnipropetrovsk Region),
which quality meets the DSTU requirements.
According to tradition, a team led by the Section Head Oleksandr Makhno gives a hospitable welcome to sunflower seeds of a new crop.
13 August 2019
Sirohozy Elevator of Optimusagro Trade Started Receiving New Crop Sunflower
On the 7th of August, Sirohozy Elevator of Optimusagro Trade Company (Kherson region) started receiving and storage of new crop sunflower. Thus, the total volume of the first batches received amounted to 100 tons of oilseed crop. The sunflower quality indicators met the DSTU requirements.
It is worth noting that the large scale harvesting campaign in the southern region is expected after August 15, 2019.
13 August 2019
Production work of the director of elevators “Optimusagro Trade”
The last summer month is the time to summarize 2018/19 marketing year (hereinafter referred to as the MY).
At the end of each MY, Optimusagro Trade gathers all the elevator directors for a production meeting. This year’s meeting was held on the 8th of August in a stylish, new, and what is more, mega-comfortable Soft Work co-working platform for the most successful people in Dnipro.At the beginning of the meeting, the issues of the company brand promotion were discussed, and Victoria Zelena, PR Manager, proposed ideas on employees’ outfit modernization.
Another issue for consideration was proposed by Tetiana Litvinenko, HR Manager, concerning the discussion of successful job closing at enterprises and retention of employees.
The keynote report in the first session was the speech of Anna Pozhidaieva, Personnel and Organizational Development Director, who told the elevator directors about budgeting for financial needs to cover staff costs for the next year, 2020.
In the second session, Maxim Konopatenko, Operations Department Director, Andrii Kolomoiets, Operations Department Deputy Director, and Olga Zhygan, Quality Department Director, summarized the work of elevators for 2018/19 MY.The key issues on the agenda were the quality of new crop cereals, the shipment of agricultural crops by rail and the settlement of elevators operation at ineffective stations, the procurement process for cereals and oilseeds, and plans for 2019/20 MY.
Many thanks to all those present – we had a high-performance time!
Looking forward to next meetings!
13 August 2019
OptimusAgro Takes Care of Children
OptimusAgro Trade has been attentive to the needs of children with disabilities and, particularly, cares about creating comfortable conditions for them to study, educate, and socialize.
We have recently purchased a Leiter-3 test kit, as well as a Gazelle front and rear standing frame, for the wards of Nikopol Medical Specialized Center for Medical and Social Rehabilitation of Children (Dnipropetrovsk Region, Ukraine).
Also, the occupational therapy room at Nikopol Medical Specialized Center for Medical and Social Rehabilitation of Children has undergone cosmetic repair.
Our company sincerely supports and assists children with special needs who feel tired after long and difficult treatment.
Comment by Iryna Khmelevska, the Director of Nikopol Medical Specialized Center for Medical and Social Rehabilitation of Children of Dnipropetrovsk Regional Council:
“It is difficult to overestimate the value of assistance we have received from OptimusAgro Trade and the enormous contribution the company makes to supporting and rehabilitating children with special needs.
“The World Health Organization states that rehabilitation is an investment in the human capital and contributes to the improvement of human health and economic and social development. For children, in particular, rehabilitation activities optimize their development with far-reaching consequences and allow them to participate in education, community service, and work in the future. The help that OptimusAgro Trade shows our children enables them to achieve and maintain an optimal level of functioning and gives them hope for recovery, where this is possible, and a chance for successful integration into society.
“Individual work with a child with special needs firstly requires a diagnosis of the level of cognitive functioning and intellectual development. Most diagnostic tools are designed based on a child’s speech interaction; but what can be done if a child does not talk for various reasons? The absence of speech does not mean a decline in the child’s intellectual development. In this case, Leiter-3, a non-verbal intelligence and cognitive abilities test, is used; and no speech skills are required to perform and understand tasks.
“The Gazelle standing frame is a rare and high-cost piece of equipment that enables the rehabilitation of children with hip joint subluxation caused by infantile cerebral palsy and, as a result, helps to avoid surgical intervention caused by complete hip dislocation.
“Occupational therapy is a therapeutic branch that pays attention to daily activities that are the basis of independent living. An occupational therapist teaches children with motor or cognitive disabilities both the ways to perform the necessary activities in their everyday life and self-care skills (such as eating, holding a spoon or a cup, chewing, dressing, and playing). These classes were conducted in premises that had not seen repairs for many years. Now, after the repairs are done, we have a bright, light and tidy room with a flat floor, which is very important for the movement of children with movement disorders.
The staff of Nikopol Medical Specialized Center for Medical and Social Rehabilitation of Children express their sincere and unlimited gratitude to OptimusAgro Trade and its management for supporting, assisting, and giving the opportunity to provide modern rehabilitation assistance to children. People with such a big heart and level of social responsibility are a real treasure!”
Together we can make the world a better place!
23 July 2019
LLC Optimusagro Trade vs NGO Business-Warta Offer Ukrzaliznytsia an Action Plan for “Ineffective” Stations
On July 10 in Kyiv, during the “Business against the State Destruction. Problem Analysis. Action Plan” Forum within the framework of the “Public Audit of the Government” Initiative, Director of Commodity Flows of “Optimusagro Trade” Roman Suzak proposed Ukrzaliznytsia an action plan for “ineffective stations”.
There are currently 300 railroad stations in Ukraine that are listed as “ineffective”. 7 elevators of our Company (25% of the total number of our elevators), which stations are considered “ineffective” – also fell into that list.
This leads to negative consequences, namely to:
How it will affect the state budget:
The question arises: What is the economic benefit of this project proposed by “Ukrzaliznytsya” as well as what must the Ukrainian agrarian business count on in general?
“In order to avoid these consequences and to save working places, Roman Suzak suggested in his report at the Forum:
20 June 2019
Optimusagro Trade Has Received a Certificate for Exporting of Barley to China
On June 14, 2019, Nikopol Elevator of Optimusargo Trade, LLC successfully passed the certification for compliance with the requirements of the Protocol on Phytosanitary and Inspection Requirements as for the Export of Barley from Ukraine to the People’s Republic of China.
“The certification will allow the Company to expand the range of importers, open new markets for barley sell, while guaranteeing the highest quality of grain, which is supported by a favourable price situation for barley in China. It will also enable commodity producers to get higher prices for barley when exported to the PRC from exporters than in other trading areas”, said Dmitry Bosyi, Director of Nikopol Elevator.
In the near future, all the elevators of our Company are planning to obtain the relevant certificates for exporting of barley, corn and soybeans to China.
20 June 2019
Optimusagro Trade Started Accepting the First Lots of Grain Crops in 2019
Last week Yakymivskyi, Sirohozkyi, Nikopolskyi and Kachkarevskyi Elevators of Optimusagro Trade started accepting and harvesting the first batches of early cereals of the new harvest – winter wheat, barley and rape seeds. The quality indicators of grain received by the Elevators complied with the requirements of the State Standard of Ukraine (DSTU).
It is worth noting that a mass harvesting campaign in the southern region is expected after June 20, 2019. According to the Department of Agro-Industrial Development of Kherson, as of June 18, it has already been harvested 5.5 thousand hectares of barley with an average yield of 36 centner/hectare at the farms of the region. Harvesting of winter wheat and rape is next. In total, 677 thousand hectares of early grain are to be harvested in the region.
10 June 2019
Kachkarivsky Elevator Team of Optimusagro Trade, LLC Organised an Excursion for a School Camp
On June 4, Kachkarivsky Elevator (Kherson Oblast) Team organised an excursion tour for the children from Kachkarivsky School Camp. The Director of the Unit, Irina Pidborska, together with her colleagues, introduced the schoolchildren with the main specialties and production processes. Even the wheat quality analysis was carried out in the elevator laboratory. They also demonstrated the technical equipment of the granaries, laboratories and introduced the personnel and management in the field. At the end of the excursion, the children had a sweet holiday.
We would like to express our gratitude to all the participants of the excursion, as well as to the employees of Optimusargo Trade, LLC who shared interesting and useful information.
Looking forward to new meetings!
7 June 2019
Odesa, the Maritime Capital of Ukraine, Becomes the Center of Conferences on Grain Trade and Maritime Industry in Late May
Traders Daria Kovalyova and Valerya Brahinets, as well as PR manager Viktoria Zelena (all three are employees of Optimusagro Trade) visited one of “Grain & Maritime Days-2019” international conferences, which took place on May 30-31 on the Black Sea coast at MARISTELLA MARINE RESIDENCE.
The event was frequented 300 representatives of grain and maritime industries from 26 world countries. Trends, innovations, and issues of the grain market of Ukraine, the EU, and the world, as well as the issues of logistic and maritime infrastructure, were discussed at the conference.
We would like to extend our gratitude to the event organizers (IA “APK-Inform” and Interlegal international legal service) for this opportunity to meet our colleagues and to listen to information about agricultural trends for future endeavors.
7 June 2019
Congratulations on the 22nd Anniversary of OptimusAgro
Dear friends and colleagues:
On May 26, 2019 we had a huge cause for celebration: 22 years ago, our company was founded. Over the years of our successful work, we at OptimusAgro have gone from a small but highly specialized company to one of the most powerful sunflower oil producers in Ukraine. The proof of this is our product, which has a huge consumer demand. We are well known and respected.
We have achieved a lot, and we have something to be proud of. However, our most important asset is our team!
We have proved that we are able to proceed even in the most difficult times and that we are ready to solve the most difficult tasks.
Please accept our most heartfelt congratulations and wishes for all our employees and their friends and relatives to be happy, healthy, and successful both in their personal and professional lives. May all your dreams, projects, and endeavors come true!
We wish OptimusAgro to be fruitful and to reach new heights!
7 June 2019
OptimusAgro Trade to Master the New ISO 22000:2018
Due to the holding of a certification audit under the new version of the ISO 22000:2018 standard in November 2019, members of the HACCP groups of Optimusargo Trade Company completed trained and received the relevant certificates by an audit company.
“Our company, in particular the Zaporizhzhia Oil Extraction Plant and its headquarters, has been certified by SGS International Audit Company for three years according to ISO 22000 and GMP+ standards. Completion of certification under the new version of the standard will enable our company to expand the markets of our products and to increase the efficiency of our activities through the sale of safe and high-quality food products to consumers,” said Oleksandr Tkach, the Head of the HACCP Group at OptimusAgro Trade.
The ISO 22000:2018 standard sets requirements for an organization’s management system involved in the food chain production and consumption to demonstrate their ability to control food safety risks and to ensure safety of end products for consumers.
7 June 2019
OptimusAgro Trade Paternoster Managers Complete НАССР Implementation Training
According to the law, developing, implementing, and applying permanent procedures based on the principles of a system of analysis of hazardous factors and control at critical points, as well as ensuring the proper training of the persons responsible for these procedures during production and circulation of food products, is necessary effective 2018.
In this regard, an audit company held a training for paternoster managers of OptimusAgro Trade regarding the implementation of a HACCP-based management system on May 16 at the premises of the Nikopol Production and Structural Unit.
HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Points) is a system that identifies, assesses, and controls the hazards that are critical to the safety of food products.
4 June 2019
High Rank the “Leader of the Year 2018” Is New Achievement of Optimusargo Trade
According to the results of the National Business Rating study, Optimusagro Trade was recognized as one of the most successful Ukrainian enterprises in its profile industry, and the prestigious award the “Leader of the Year 2018” became a confirmation of the high status, reliability and efficiency of business operations.
As every significant achievement, this honourable award became possible due to the hard work of our team and managerial qualities of the management, and what is more – due to the embodiment of the idea, which found a response among our customers and partners, because any business is impossible without understanding their circle of consumers and their needs.
Today, Optimusagro Trade ranks among TOP-5 producers of unrefined sunflower oil and oil seed coarse meal, as well as among TOP-10 companies in terms of elevator facilities in Ukraine. Our special feature is that Optimusagro Trade gives every professional the opportunity to enhance their professional and personal competencies through trainings, master classes, internal educational projects and attending international conferences.
For this, we are constantly developing and implementing innovative solutions in the work, in particular, we create favourable conditions for youth work in rural areas, we welcome the initiative, readiness to generate ideas and solve complex business problems, support the desire to study and gain new experience, distribute the latest practices in the teams.
We are proud of the title the “Leader of the Year 2018”, as it is a confirmation of the correctness of the chosen path, evidence of the efficiency of our work and the guarantee of the high quality of services that we provide to the end user. This reward also reflects our standards of honest and transparent business conduct and a significant contribution to the country’s economic development.
For the last 14 years, the National Business Rating Company has rated Ukraine’s enterprises and today is one of the most prestigious ones in the field of business efficiency assessment.
18 April 2019
OptimusAgro Trade Participates in “Black Sea Grain-2019” Conference
The XVI International Conference “Black Sea Grain – 2019”, a key event of the grain sector of Ukraine and the Black Sea region, took place in Kyiv on April 10-11, 2019. This event, which gathered world agribusiness leaders together to discuss global trends and changes in the agricultural sector, the impact of “trade wars” on the future of world production and export of agricultural products, presented analyses and forecasts of the development of the Black Sea and Ukrainian grain markets.
During the conference, OptimusArgo Trade representatives received the most relevant and professional information about current market trends, recommendations for improving their business strategies in the world, and met and strengthened cooperation with new Ukrainian and international companies.
22 March 2019
Analytical Applications of the Qlik Sense Program have become reliable tools in a daily work of the Optimusagro Trade Company
The Optimusagro Trade Company has been using the BI systems for several years, in particular, the Qlik Sense analytical applications, which have become reliable tools in their daily work. Vasyl Tofel, a financial analyst at the Optimusagro Trade Company, told about that on March 21 at the QLIK FORUM conference on business analytics at the invitation of the RBC Group consulting company (the exclusive representative of QlikTech in Ukraine).
“Over the past 20 years, a business intelligence (BI) direction has emerged in the field of developing corporate software, aimed at solving the problem of operational analysis and visualization of large amounts of data. BI-products are an addition to the already working ERP-systems, expanding their functionality. According to the Gartner Company (the world’s leading IT consulting company), the QlikTech Company has been the leader of the BI segment for many years, offering the QlikView and Qlik Sense programs”, our analyst Vasyl Tofel said.
“The Qlik Sense analytical platform allows you speeding up the process, visualizing the data and simplifying the task of gathering information in different areas of activity. As in modern realities, under the conditions of relentless competition, the timely and reliable information is crucial for making correct operational management decisions, forecasting and processing large amounts of data. All the programs we implement are focused on the financial result, increasing the efficiency and speed of making management decisions that automates the business as a whole”.
The company actively applies digital technologies and is open to innovation, which allows it developing rapidly and facilitating the work of our divisions.
22 March 2019
Today it is necessary to invest in training and professional development of the personnel of “Optimusagro Trade”
In recent years, the interest of young professionals in vacancies in the agroindustrial complex is rapidly diminishing, which forces employers to seek new ways and means of attracting skilled staff in the agroindustrial industry. A comprehensive approach to solving this problem is impossible without investing in training and staff development, without providing comfortable working conditions and ensuring opportunities for both professional and personal growth for each employee. Anna Pozhidaieva, HR Director of Optimusagro Trade, expressed this opinion of the APK-Inform, IA.
“Development programs of Optimusagro Trade enable each expert to increase its professional and personal competencies through trainings, master classes, internal educational projects, attending international conferences. As there are over 25 elevators in the structure of our Company, we create favourable working conditions for youth in the countryside. We welcome the initiative, the willingness to generate ideas and solve complex business problems, support the desire to learn and acquire new experience, and distribute the latest practices in the teams’, the expert said.
The Company also collaborates with educational institutions to search and hire talented young professionals and realize their labour potential.
“We are working to create an internal university that will allow each employee approving oneself as a teacher/student. This project will focus on the development and acquisition of diverse skills, as well as the acquisition of useful information. One of the first areas – “Colloquial English Speaking Club” – will be headed by our HR manager”, A. Pozhidaieva added.
14 March 2019
OptimusAgro Trade LLC Increases Sunflower Oil Production by 6% in 1H of MY 2018/19
In the first six months of MY 2018/19, OptimusAgro Trade LLC increased its unrefined sunflower oil production by 6%, as reported by the press service of the company.
Such an increase in the production volume is primarily due to the improvement of the quality of processed sunflower seeds and to the high demand on behalf of the key importers in the current season.
For example, the production of unrefined sunflower oil by OptimusAgro Trade LLC amounted to 190 thous. tons in September-February of MY 2018/19, which exceeds the corresponding indicator for MY 2017/18 by 6%.
It should be mentioned that in the above period sunflower oil produced by OptimusAgro Trade LLC was exported to Egypt, India, China, Qatar, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Turkey, France, the UAE, and Algeria.
In September-February of MY 2018/19, sunflower meal produced by our company was exported to Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, South Korea, Italy, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, France, Spain, Turkey, Morocco, Poland, and Belarus.
28 February 2019
India’s Deputy Chief of Mission Visits Zaporizhzhia Oil Extraction Plant
On February 22, 2019, Mr. Ghotu Ram Meena, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of India in Ukraine, who was in the Zaporizhzhia region as part of a business call, paid a visit to OptimusAgro Trade’s Zaporizhzhia Oil Extraction Plant.
The visit’s objective was maintenance of commercial foreign economic relations between the Republic of India and Ukraine (in particular, the purchase of unrefined sunflower oil). The esteemed guest was also given a tour to the production facilities of the enterprise, during which he was able to see for himself and to confirm the high quality of products made by Zaporizhzhia Oil Extraction Plant, which have ISO 22000:2005, GMP+B2, and GMP+B3 quality certificates.
Zaporizhzhia Oil Extraction Plant, which is part of the OptimusAgro Trade LLC group, is a modern enterprise with a full-cycle processing of raw materials that specializes in the production of unrefined sunflower oil and both granulated and non-granulated sunflower extraction cake and shucks. The enterprise’s placement in a region famous for high volumes of production of sunflower seeds allows it to create a high-capacity source of raw materials, which ensures its non-stop operation for the entire season. Available processing capacity for sunflower seeds is 2,800 tons per day.
21 December 2018
Diesel fuel for agricultural producers
From February 2019, “OPTIMUS AGRO” opens a new direction – diesel fuel DP-Z-Euro5-B0 supply, quality according to DSTU 7688: 2015, manufactured by Kremenchug oil refinery, for the needs of agricultural producers.
The direction is aimed for providing domestic agricultural producers with fuel for the period of sowing and harvesting companies.
Suppling is planned as a selling and as exchange for agricultural products day-to-day and also on sale terms for the purchase of a future sunflower crop.
We look forward to mutually beneficial cooperation with partners of “OPTIMUS AGRO”.
27 November 2018
At the central office of OPTIMUSAGRO TRADE Limited Liability Company and at SS ZMEZ was annual supervisory audit was carried
OPTIMUSAGRO TRADE Limited Liability Company has been developing and self-improving on a permanent basis. The Company Policy consists in and declares the mission of OPTIMUSAGRO TRADE Limited Liability Company, which lies in the dynamic increase in the volumes of production, the provision of the maximum satisfaction of buyers’ needs, the increase in the volume of activity at the expense of implementation of needs for safe and high-quality foodstuffs and feeds, as well as the receipt of an income sufficient for making contributions to the development of OPTIMUSAGRO TRADE Limited Liability Company.
In this connection, the company developed and implemented certification of a system of management and safety of foodstuffs and feeds in complete accordance with applicable requirements of international standards ISO 22000:2005, GMP+B2 “Production of Feed Ingredients” and GMP+B3 “Vending, Collection, Storage, and Shipment.”
The ISO 22000:2005 standard brings together a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (НАССР) and practical steps developed within the scope of the Code of the Foodstuff Committee. This was implemented through the use of verification requirements. This analysis brings together a provisional condition creation program and the НАССР plan. The hazard analysis is the key to an effective foodstuff safety management system, since its implementation helps to systematize the knowledge needed to create an effective combination of control measures.
The GMP+ certification covers an entire cycle from primary production of the sunflower extraction cake to the delivery of compound animal feedstuff to animal farms (uniform principles for the entire industry). General ISO / НАССР requirements have been adapted to specific processes that are characteristic of foodstuff production.
We have integrated a range of controlling and corrective instruments into a single chart of tracing the production of foodstuff ingredients and monitoring systems. The result of the certification was the receipt of access to a single information database of market participants and holders of GMP+ certificates by the Company.
For the period from May 11 to November 9, 2018, an annual supervisory audit was carried out at the central office of OPTIMUSAGRO TRADE Limited Liability Company and at SS ZMEZ, which was carried out by SGS Ukraine, an international audit firm. The implemented audit detected no critical non-conformities. The auditor noticed significant improvements in the infrastructure at SS ZMEZ as compared to last year.
Positive results of the audit were made possible thanks to the leadership of OPTIMUSAGRO TRADE Limited Liability Company, which committed itself to ensure high-quality compliance with the current legislative requirements and requirements of the internal documentation of the management system regarding the quality, safety, and legality of foodstuff and feed while providing for the fulfillment of consumer requirements for products being produced and constantly improving the system of management of quality and safety of foodstuff and feed.
In addition, it is worth noting every employee of OPTIMUSAGRO TRADE Limited Liability Company involved in the entire chain of production who realizes that he or she is responsible for the high quality and safety in his or her field of activity and therefore properly fulfills all applicable requirements for the safety of foodstuff and feed.
We at OPTIMUSAGRO TRADE Limited Liability Company are a big and friendly team and intend to do our best to ensure complete satisfaction of consumers and to complete our mission.
27 November 2018
Part in the specialized AGROIT FORUM 2018
Together with the Head of Software Development Department of the Company O. V. Yakymov, the Chief Financial Officer of the Company O. A. Demydov took part in the specialized AGROIT FORUM 2018, which was held in the City of Kyiv on October 29, 2018.
During the forum, participants collected information on the latest trends in the organization of automated management accounting in the agrarian sector, adopt the best practices of leading companies (in particular, Kernel, Myronivsky Hliboproduct etc.) in the field of automation of accounting processes and analysis of economic information, and learned about typical errors and shortcomings in the course of automation and implementation of software products.
3 October 2018
Сompleted the 10th milestone shipment of grain products Kachkarivsky PSS
On September 5, 2018 Kachkarivsky Production and Structural Subdivision completed the 10th milestone shipment of grain products in the current MY 2018-2019 and the 86th shipment since the paternoster began operation as part of the OPTIMUS Group.
Why would we want to share this event, which seemingly concerns this paternoster only?
Kachkarivsky Production and Structural Subdivision is a water paternoster located in one of the most picturesque places in Ukraine, namely in Karachivka Village in the Berislavsky district of the Kherson region over the Dnipro flow. The paternoster was founded in the 19th century and has played an important role of a water terminal not only as a grain base for grain transport but also as a mooring for ships. It has passed the way from the Kachkarkivka Dock (a paternoster with a capacity of 500 thousand puds) in 1913–15 to a modern grain warehouse with a storage capacity of 19.3 thousand tons of grain.
The person responsible for the supervision of the operation of this Production and Structural Subdivision for two years was Iryna Oleksandrivna Podborska, whose management style has allowed the Kachkarivsky Production and Structural Subdivision team to exceed the plans for grain cargo turnover.
Ms. Podborska has kindly agreed to share some nuances and specifics of the operation of a “water” grain paternoster with us:
“From the very beginning of the development of human civilization, trade was carried out by waterways. This is especially true for our state, because Ukraine is a water state. The development of grain transportation by water is a great prospect for Ukrainian businesses now, since such transportation does not require roads to be present.
“Shipment by water has its undoubted advantages. Water transportation is cheaper than that by motor vehicles or railways because of various restrictions on the transportation of products transported by weight in case of road transportation and of constant increases in the transportation tariffs by the main monopolist of the country PJSC “Ukrzaliznytsya” for railroad transportation. Time saving is also a factor because grain can be loaded directly into grain trucks with subsequent transportation of the vehicles to the ports of the buyer of the goods.
“The main problem of any water paternoster is the sanding of the bottom of the port, which creates problems for mooring barges and grain carriers; that is why regular deepening of the bottom at the pier is a necessity.”
To wrap up our story, we would like to wish Ms. Podborska and the whole team of the Kachkarivsky Production and Structural Subdivision further work achievements and inspiration!
8 June 2018
Next stage of co-project with Agrarian University has been successfully completed
Personnel development is an important pre-requisite for the success of any organization; that is why OPTIMUS AGRO pays considerable attention to the level of professionalism of its personnel members. Since April 2017, OPTIMUS AGRO employees have undergone advanced training at the Dnipro Agricultural University.
The workshops were attended by technicians and laboratory chiefs. Since March 12, 2018, advanced training courses began for the following employees:
The curriculum of these training workshops involves the acquisition of both theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
In the course of training, workshop participants had an opportunity to get acquainted with the following subjects:
In order to receive the widest, new information specifically for our company, the teachers of the department have developed multimedia presentations, in which the materials related to paternosters were presented in high detail. But what training can go without an evaluation? Our employees even had final certification and pass-fail exams! All the workshop participants received a state certificate.
Communication between the scientists and the producers was also useful for the teachers, who had the opportunity to participate in disputes, to touch the practical experience and complex production tasks, and to impose their scientific vision on our present. The course attendees had the opportunity to receive individual consultations on issues under consideration and to resolve production cases.
1 June 2017
The company “Optimus Agro” celebrated its anniversary!
On May 26, the Company celebrated its twentieth anniversary! In the course of the years of successful work “Optimus Agro” made the way from small highly specialized company to one of the most powerful producers of sunflower oil in Ukraine.
The business success depended on lots of factors but it is based on tactful management, professional team, daily hard work, reliable partners and of course, regular and new customers!
We hope that the next 20 years of company’s business will be more successful and efficient. Growth, prosperity and new width, the Company “Optimus Agro”!
12 April 2017
Optimus group in the top three largest sunflower processors for September-February 2016/17 MR
|Ukraine: Top 5 sunflower processors on the basis of September / February 2016/17 MY, shares in total production
|Unrefined sunflower oil||Refined sunflower oil||Shrot / sunflower meal|
|VIOIL||7,40%||APK BUNGE UKRAINE||15,85%||OPTIMUS AGRO||6,86%|
|OPTIMUS AGRO||6,49%||DELTA VILMAR CIS||10,45%||VIOIL||6,62%|
|CREATIVE||5,67%||PE VICTOR & C||8,31%||EUROPEAN TRANSPORT STEEL COMPANY (BUNGE)||5,83%|
27 October 2016
Zaporizhzhya Oil and Fat Plant Remains the Largest Producer of Sunflower Oil Among Companies
Zaporizhzhya Oil and Fat Plant maintains the leading position for the production of crude sunflower oil among Ukrainian companies. In 2015/16 MY, the share of the enterprise in the total volume of oil production was 7% in the country, which corresponds to the index of 2014/15 MY. The amount of oil that was produced by Zaporozhye Oil and Fat Plant in the last season amounted to 349.4 thous. tons, exceeding by 10% the volume of the previous season. According to analysts of Optimus Group, the total production volume of crude sunflower oil in Ukraine was 5.02 million tons in 2015/16 MY.
|Ukraine: the share of enterprises in the production of crude sunflower oil in 2015/16 MY|
|1||Zaporizhzhya Oil and Fat Plant||7%|
|3||Vinnytsia Oil and Fat Plant||4%|
|4||Dnepropetrovsk Oil Extraction Plant||4%|
|5||Kahovka Oil Extraction Plant||4%|
|6||Poltave Oil Extraction Plant-Kernel Group||4%|
|8||Bandursky Oil Extraction Plant||3%|
|9||Delta Wilmar Cis||3%|
|10||Ukraine Black Sea Industry||3%|
31 August 2016
Optimus Agro group leases PJSC “ZOEP”
From September 01, 2016 Optimus Agro group leases PJSC “Zaporozhien Oil Extraction Plant” to improve the operational processing of sunflower seeds, for better control of accepted raw materials, for yield and quality of the finished product.
27 January 2021
OptimusAgro Trade Has Entered the TOP-50 Best Employers in Ukraine According to Forbes
OptimusAgro Trade was included in the exclusive “50 Best Employers” rating according to Forbes Ukraine magazine due to the corporate culture, comfortable working conditions and care for employees.
The company plans to continue to develop and improve.
To prepare the TOP-50 rating, 150 largest Ukrainian companies were interviewed to assess the overall attractiveness of the company offering the job. The rating is formed on a 100-point scale, where 60% of the final score was obtained from the evaluations of companies’ employees, 20% was obtained from other sources.
“It is especially pleasant to receive the award after the end of 2020, which was full of challenges and unpredictability. Maintaining the team, its safety and preserving commitment to employees have become a priority in 2020. We welcome initiative, willingness to generate ideas and solve complex business problems, support the desire to learn and gain new experience. This is undoubtedly our success”, said Hanna Pozhydaieva, Director of Personnel and Organizational Development at OptimusAgro Trade.
27 January 2021
OptimusAgro Trade Has Entered the “TOP-50 Best Companies of Ukraine” Rating
🏆 OptimusAgro Trade has entered the “TOP-50 Best Companies of Ukraine rating” according to the publication “Power of Money” (in Russian: «Власть денег») and received an honorary diploma!
“In total, about two hundred companies have become participants in the ratings this year, each of which is the pride of Ukraine. These are companies that have distinguished themselves by: an innovative approach; social responsibility programs; unusual marketing campaigns”, the publication “Power of Money” reports.
The TOP-50 rating includes the leading companies of the Ukrainian market, which are developing according to the highest standards of modern business and which have had the greatest impact on the development of Ukraine’s economy.
💪 We are proud of our Company and our achievements!
1 December 2020
OptimusAgro Trade to the leading position among the producers of crude sunflower oil in Ukr
OptimusAgro Trade to the leading position among the producers of crude sunflower oil in Ukraine for the 2019/2020 marketing year
We ranked third in the TOP-10 largest companies producing crude sunflower oil. According to the rating of Latifundist.com, the five leading companies include 15 productions, which account for half of the entire edition of oils in Ukraine. OptimusAgro Trade’s share in the rating is 6.04%.
22 July 2020
OptimusAgro Trade’s Nikopol Paternoster shipped the first route in 2020/21 MY
The Nikopol paternoster located in the Dnipropetrovsk oblast made the first route shipment of barley in early July.
“Thanks to coordinated teamwork and technical modernization at the enterprise, we shipped 54 cars of 3rd class barley from Louis Dreyfus Ukraine,” commented Dmytro Bosy, director of the elevator.
“Two additional shipment points for railway transport were installed at the patenoster to load two cars in parallel, the speed of the norias was increased, and the electric motors on the conveyors were replaced with more powerful ones,” explains Dmytro Bosy.
6 April 2020
Ukrainian Sunflower Extraction Cakes Enjoy High Levels of Demand: OptimusAgro Trade
“Recently, we have seen a high demand for sunflower meal
both in Ukraine and in the world. Against the backdrop of this high demand,
prices in deep-water ports for sunflower extraction cakes have increased by an
average of $ 10-12 per ton under FOB delivery terms depending on the volume of
the shipment and the shipment period,” reports Dariya Kovalyova, a trader at
“Our company produces high-protein granular and non-granular sunflower extraction cakes with a crude protein content of 39+ percent in terms of completely dry matter.
“In the first half of MY 2019/20, the main countries of export of sunflower extraction cakes by OptimusAgro Trade were China, India, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Poland, Belarus, France, and others.
Please contact Dariya Kovalyova, our trader in sunflower extraction cake, with your questions and offers at 📧 email@example.com (email) and 📲+38 (050) 363-2990 (Viber, WhatsApp, WeChat, Telegram).
28 December 2019
In 2019/20 MY, EU Countries May Increase Their Meal Consumption to a Record Level
By the projections of Oil World, oilseeds meal consumption in the EU in 2019/20 MY is projected to continue to grow and may reach a record level of 62.2 million tonnes (+0.5 million tonnes per year). IA “APK-Inform” reports about it.
However, experts expect that, against the background of the expected increase in soybean meal consumption in 2019/20 MY, EU countries can increase the production of this product (up to a record level of 13 million tons) and its import.
At the same time, the production of rapeseed meal is projected to be reduced to 13 million tons due to the shortage of domestic supply of oilseeds, which will be the minimum figure in the last 8 years. However, some market operators have indicated that the EU may increase the purchase of Canadian canola and thereby increase the volume of processing (mainly in France), but this will increase the supply of GM rapeseed in the European Union.
5 November 2019
2019 Harvest Quality Preservation and Efficient Processing – OptimusAgro Trade
At the beginning of the season, the quality of agricultural crops and their
processing products remains an important component of trade and procurement
transactions. Olha Zhihan, the Director of the Quality Department of
OptimusAgro Trade LLC, has given our correspondent an insight into the
peculiarities and complexities of quality indicators of cereals and oilseeds in
the new season in her interview with IA “APK-Inform.”
More information is available in the interview at https://www.apk-inform.com/ru/exclusive/opinion/1504926
30 October 2019
OptimusAgro Trade CEO joins the Ukraine’s TOP-15 Most Effective Managers
Olena Burkatovska, CEO of OptimusAgro Trade, has been included into the Ukraine’s TOP-15 Most Effective Managers rating. The awarding took place on October 4 during the BWS 2019, where the owners and top managers of the most advanced Ukrainian companies were present. Olena Burkatovska also won the nomination “Anti-crisis Manager” and received a special award which is a confirmation of our company’s stability and ability to withstand any obstacles.
20 September 2019
Optimusagro Trade Gave Backpacks with School Supplies to First-Graders
On September 2, on the First Bell Day, Optimusagro Trade management greeted 115 first-graders of our staff with useful gifts. The children received school backpacks with all the necessary supplies for studying.
The gifts were presented to the children by the management of the central office and Zaporozhien Oil Extraction Plant, directors of the elevators.
Both children and their parents were pleased with the nice presents.
We wish our first-graders to keep on going on the road of knowledge, to be successful and purposeful!
20 September 2019
Greetings to the Knowledge Day
Knowledge Day is a great holiday both for first-graders, who enter the school for the first time, and anyone involved in the teaching and learning process.
We wish all the pupils to conquer the new peaks of knowledge, to meet good and reliable friends and to achieve the desired goal.
Happy Knowledge Day, dear friends! Good luck!
20 September 2019
Congratulations on Independence Day of Ukraine
On August 23, Ukraine celebrates the National Flag Day. This day is special, pre-holiday!
According to the most popular interpretation of the colour scheme of the Flag, its blue stripe symbolises the clear sky, and the yellow one symbolises golden wheat fields. In fact, a person can associate yellow with sunflower or rapeseed fields. Most importantly, no matter what we imagine, the Ukrainian Flag embodies the outstanding views of our country.
August 24 – the Independence Day of Ukraine – is the most important holiday of the country. Most citizens wear vyshyvankas (traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirts), so in the morning the country blooms with exquisite colours. Colleagues from Kachkarivskyi Elevator prepared a flash mob for the holiday.
We sincerely congratulate all the colleagues, partners and friends on the National Flag Day and Independence Day!
22 August 2019
Ukraine started the harvesting campaign of sunflower seed
As of August 19, all categories of Ukrainian agricultural households already harvested 3 thsd tonnes of sunflower seed throughout the areas of 2 thsd ha. The average yield totaled 1.38 t/ha, declared the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.
Generally, as of the reporting date agrarians harvested 38.7 mln tonnes of early grains and pulses throughout 9.9 mln ha, or 99% of the forecast. The average yield totaled 3.91 t/ha. Also, Ukraine harvested 19 thsd tonnes of millet throughout 10 thsd ha (12%), with the average yield of 1.8 t/ha. At the same time, buckwheat areas totaled 1 thsd ha (2%), with the harvest at 1 thsd tonnes, and the yield of 1.29 t/ha.
According to the announcement, the production volumes of rapeseed totaled 3.1 mln tonnes, while the oilseed harvested areas reached 1.25 mln ha (99%), and the yield — 2.49 t/ha.
In addition, as of the reporting date 20 oblasts of Ukraine planted winter rapeseed throughout the areas of 347 thsd ha, or 32% of the forecast (1.1 mln ha).
22 August 2019
Sunflower Oil Export from Ukraine Continues to Break Records
According to IA “APK-Inform”, in July 2019 Ukraine exported 555 thousand tons of sunflower oil – the maximum volume of this month. The figure is 19% higher than in June of current year, and it exceeded last year’s July exports by 38%.
In aggregate, during the 11 months of 2018/19 MY, a record amount of Ukrainian sunflower oil was shipped to foreign markets – 5.75 million tons, which is 15% higher than in the same period of the last season and 5% higher than the previous record (5.45 million tonnes for September – July 2016/17 MY). “Our forecast shows that according to the results of the current season the export of sunflower oil from Ukraine will amount to about 6 million tons”, said Yuliia Ivanytska, an analyst of APK-Inform.
16 April 2019
Optimusagro Trade Entered the TOP-10 Companies for Elevator Capacities in Ukraine
According to the results of 2018, Optimusagro Trade occupied the 7th place and entered the top ten ranking of major companies for elevator capacities in Ukraine (1.09 million tons of total storage of agricultural products). This is reported by Elevatorist.com.
The Top-10 leading companies included:
DPZKU (State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine) – 3.7 million tons;
Kernel – 2.8 million tons;
Ukrlandfarming – 2.6 million tons;
NIBULON – 2 million tons;
State Reserve – 1.2 million tons;
Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP) – 1.1 million tons;
Optimus Agro (Optimusargo Trade) – 1.09 million tons;
Prometheus – 1.04 million tons;
TESSLAGROUP – 0.8 million tons;
Glencore International – 0.7 million tons.
16 April 2019
Sunflower Seed Sowing Campaign Started in Ukraine
As of April 1, 2019, a sunflower seed sowing campaign started in 6 regions of Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy.
Sunflower was sown on an area of 54 thousand hectares or 1% of the forecast.
Ukraine also continues sowing early spring crops, which is executed on an area of 1.4 million hectares (61% of the forecast).
In particular, it was sown:
14 March 2019
Ukraine Has Become the Main Supplier of Sunflower Meal to China
According to experts from Oil World, in January 2019, China substantially increased imports of sunflower meal – up to 330.2 thousand tons, which is 150 times more than for the same last year period, which was only 2.2 thousand tons. It is reported by IA “APK-Inform”.
It specifies that almost all of the volume of the product was delivered to the PRC from Ukraine (329.9 thousand tons).
In total, since the beginning of the current season (October-January), China imported 514.2 thousand tons of sunflower meal, compared with only 4.8 thousand tons in the same last season period.
Moreover, in January, the increase in supplies of sunflower oil to China was recorded – up to 97.5 thousand tons (+ 6% per year), 86% of which was also delivered from Ukraine (84.6 thousand tons).
In its turn, Kazakhstan is the main supplier of sunflower seeds to the PRC, from where 34.7 thousand tons were imported in January (+ 38% a year), with a total supply of oil in the PRC at the level of 40.2 thousand tons.
17 October 2018
Largest Producers of Unrefined Sunflower Oil for 2017/18 MY Named
The largest producer of unrefined sunflower oil in 2017/18 MY is Optimusagrotrade (Zaporizhzhia Oil Refinery).
Optimusagrotrade accounted for 7.2% of sunflower oil production.
TOP-10 manufacturers of unrefined sunflower oil contained:
1. Optimusagrotrade – 7.2%;
2. European Transport Stevedoring Company (Bunge) – 7.1%;
3. Vinnitsa Oil Refinery (ViOil) – 5.3%;
4. Ukrainian Black Sea Industry (Kernel) – 5.1%;
5. Bandursky Oil Extraction Plant (Kernel) – 5%;
6. Pridneprovsk Oil Extraction Plant (Kernel) – 4.8%;
7. Allseeds – 4.6%;
8. ADM – 4.6%;
9. Dnipropetrovsk Oil Extraction Plant (Bunge) – 4.4%;
10. Poltava Oil Extraction Plant (Kernel) – 4.3%.
It will be recalled that in August 2017/18 MY, large and medium-sized enterprises of Ukraine produced the minimum amount of sunflower oil since the beginning of the marketing year – 83.6 thousand tons, which was a result of decreased raw materials reserves by the end of the season.
3 March 2018
Bunge subsidiary leads among unrefined sunflower oil producers in 2017.
The European Transport Stevedoring Company (ETSC), a subsidiary of Bunge, is the largest producer of unrefined sunflower oil in 2017 with a production volume of 352.4 thousand tons.
ETSC holds a 6.7% share in the total unrefined sunflower oil production in 2017.
The TOP 5 producers of unrefined sunflower oil are as follows:
The European Transport Stevedoring Company (ETSC) — 352.4 thousand tons (6.7%);
Optimusagro Trade — 333.5 thousand tons (6.4%);
Vinnitsa Oil and Fat Production Plant (ViOil) — 296.5 thousand tons (5.7%);
Allseeds Black Sea (Allseeds) — 264.5 thousand tons (5.1%);
Bandursky Oil Extraction Plant («Kernel») — 258.4 thousand tons (5.0%).
14 February 2018
Year in Review: Ukraine Gathers 18.3 Million Tons of Oil Crops
The harvest of technical oilseed crops in Ukraine in 2017 amounted to 18.3 million tons gathered from 8.9 million hectares with a yield of 2.06 tons per hectare.
This is evidenced by data from the State Statistics Service according to a report from the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.
As it is noted, Ukrainian farmers gathered 12.2 million tons of sunflower seeds from 6 million hectares with a yield of 2.01 tons per hectare in the reporting year. Similarly, 3.9 million tons of soybeans have been collected from 2 million hectares with a yield of 1.97 tons per hectare, as well as 2.2 million tons of rapeseed from 786 thousand hectares with a yield of 2.79 tons per hectare.
The leaders in the production of oil crops were Kirovograd (1.36 million tons), Dnipropetrovsk (1.31 million tons), Kharkiv (1.21 million tons), Vinnytsia (1.2 million tons), Odesa (1.19 million tons), Poltava (1.07 million tons), and Khmelnytsky (1.07 million tons) regions.
6 February 2018
Since the Beginning of 2017/18 MY Ukraine Has Exported 23 Million Tons of Grain
As of January 24, 2018 Ukraine has exported 23.07 million tons of grain since the beginning of 2017/18 MY, which is 2.37 million tons less than for the same period last year.
Exports of wheat for the reporting period amounted to 11.99 million tons, which is 462 thousand tons less than for the same period last year.
According to the report, since the beginning of 2017/18 MY, Ukraine has exported 3.93 million tons of barley (-482 thousand tons) and 7.06 million tons of corn (-1.37 million tons). Exports of rye amounted to 13.2 thousand tons.
It bears reminding that following the results of the first half of 2017/18 MY, India is on the 8th position in the list of importers of the Ukrainian wheat with an import volume of 500 thousand tons, which is 20% of the forecasted imports into this country by the end of the season.
30 January 2018
Ukraine Exported Over 2 Million Tons of Rapeseed
Since the beginning of 2017/18 MY, Ukraine has exported almost 3.67 million tons of oilseeds.
Such data are given by the Department of Phytosanitary Security, Control in Seed Production and Seedling of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection, the Department’s statement said.
As noted, over 2 million tons of rapeseed and over 1.6 million tons of soybeans were delivered to foreign markets. As of the same date last year, the export of oilseeds was almost 2.48 million tons (including rapeseed – 0.9 million tons, soybean – 1.5 million tons).
According to the State Procurement Service, grain exports for the reporting period amounted to 22.8 million tons of grain crops, in particular, 11.7 million tons of wheat (including 6.4 million tons of food-grade wheat, 5.3 million tons of fodder wheat), 3.8 million tons of barley,6.7 million tons of maize.
Over the same period last marketing year, 25.2 million tons of grain were exported, including almost 12.3 million tons of wheat (including 7.3 million tons of food-grade wheat and 5 million tons of fodder wheat), over 4.4 million tons of barley, 8 million tons of maize).
19 December 2017
Ukraine Increases Oilseed Exports by 55%
Since the beginning of 2017/18 MY, Ukraine has exported 2.8 million tons of oilseeds, which is 1 million tons (55%) more than for the same period in 2016 (1.8 million tons).
This data has been provided by the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection.
The largest part of the volume of exported oilseeds is rape (more than 1.8 million tons). When compared to last year’s figures, the growth of exports of these seeds exceeds 1 million tons (last year, on the same date, almost 0.8 million tons of rape had been exported).
The structure of exports also includes soybeans, the level of export of which from Ukraine to other countries in the current marketing year amounted to 0.93 million tons, which is practically at the level of the last year (2016: 1 million tons).
According to the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection, grain exports amounted to 17.76 million tons as of November 30, namely: 10 million tons of wheat (including more than 5.6 million tons of food-grade wheat and 4.5 million tons of forage wheat), 3.6 million tons of barley, and 3.5 million tons of corn.
In the same period of the last marketing year, 18.8 million tons of grain were exported, including 10 million tons of wheat (including more than 5.5 million tons of food-grade wheat and 4.6 million tons of forage wheat), 4 million tons of barley, and 4.38 million tons of corn).
7 December 2017
11.9 Million Tons of Sunflower Seeds Have Been Threshed in Ukraine
According to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, in Ukraine, as of November 30, sunflower has been harvested at 5.924 million hectares (99%), of which 11.896 million tons have been harvested with a yield of 20.1 c/ha.
The total soybean harvesting has amounted to 3.753 million tons, yield has been 19.3 c/ha, and oil has been threshed at 1.944 million hectares (98%).
In addition, by the reporting date maize for grain has been threshed on an area of 4.065 million hectares (90%), 21.801 million tons has been threshed with a yield of 53.6 c/ha.
Sugar beets harvesting has been carried out on an area of 314 thousand hectares (99%), 14.473 million tons has been harvested with a yield of 460 c/ha.
Sowing of winter crops for 2018 crop until November 30 has been carried out on an area of 6.912 million hectares (96% of the plan). In particular, the area of winter wheat and triticale sowing has amounted to 5.943 million hectares (97%), barley – 822 thousand hectares (89%), rye – 147 thousand hectares (93%). 864 thousand hectares (112%) has been sown with winter rape.
4 December 2017
Almost 60 Million Tons of Grain Have Been Harvested
As of November 29, 59.9 million tons of grain and leguminous crops have been collected from 14.0 million hectares with a yield of 42.6 c/ha (96% of the planned 14.6 million hectares).
Including maize – 21.6 million tons from 4.0 million hectares (90% of 4.5 million hectares) with a yield of 53.6 c/ha.
The highest yield of grain and leguminous crops was found in the farms of Khmelnytsky (62.8 c/ha), Sumy (60.2 c/ha), Vinnytsia (58.7 c/ha), Ternopil (56.4 c/ha), Chernihiv 55.7 c/ha), Chernivtsi (53.7 c/ha), Ivano-Frankivsk (50.0 c/ha) and Lviv (50.0 cent/ha) areas.
Moreover, the following crops have been harvested:
– 11.9 million tons of sunflower from 5.92 million hectares (99% of 5.96 million hectares) with a yield of 20.1 c/ha;
– 3.7 million tons of soybeans with 1.9 million hectares (98% of 2.0 million hectares) with a yield of 19.3 c/ha;
– 14.4 million tons of sugar beet from 314 thousand hectares (99%, from 318 thousand hectares) with a yield of 460 c/ha.
Planting of winter crops for grain for 2018 crop has almost completed, which was carried out on an area of 6.9 million hectares with the forecast of 7.2 million hectares (96%), including:
– winter wheat and triticale – 5.9 million hectares (97% from 6.1 million hectares);
– rye – 147 thousand hectares (93% from 158 thousand hectares);
– barley – 822 thousand hectares (89% from 924 thousand hectares).
The winter rape planting has carried out on an area of 864 thousand hectares or 112% of the forecast (769 thousand hectares).
10 November 2017
Ukraine Has Increased Oilseeds Export by Almost 2 Times
The main export product groups are sunflower, safflower and cottonseed oil that is (26.25% of the total amount of agrarian exports).
From the beginning of 2017 – 2018 marketing year (MY, July 2017 – June 2018) Ukrainian agrarians has exported 1.6 million tons of oilseeds, which is almost 1.9 times more than in the same period last year.
It was reported by the press service of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection. “As of October 11, over the current marketing year, more than 1.6 million tons of oilseeds were exported, including rape – more than 1.46 million tons, soybeans – more than 0.15 million ton”, the report said.
The press service noted that for the same period last year, 0.9 million tons were exported, including rape – almost 0.64 million tons, soybeans – more than 0.27 million tons.
As UNIAN reported, according to the data from the State Consumer Protection Service, as of September 27, 2017 Ukrainian farmers have exported 1.32 million tons of oilseeds. During the first eight months of this year, Ukraine has exported agricultural products to 11.5 billion dollars, which is 24.5% more than the same period last year.
The main export product groups are sunflower, safflower and cottonseed oils with a share of 26.25% of the total agrarian export, corn (20.34%), wheat and wheat mixture (12.87%), and others.
1 November 2017
Demand for Ukrainian Sunflower Oil Will Increase In Europe
In 2017/18 MY, Ukraine can increase its presence on the European market of vegetable oils, which will be primarily due to the expected increase in demand for sunflower oil.
Such a forecast was voiced by an analyst of Agritel International Olivier Bouye.
According to the expert estimates, rapeseed oil – 61% will continue to take the leading positions in the industrial sector of vegetable oils in the EU in 2017/18 MY, followed by palm oil (29%), soy oil (7%) and sunflower oil (3%). At the same time, the high demand for rapeseed oil will be ensured by the growing production of biofuels and ethanol in the EU, due to which import of this product of processing in the EU countries is also high, and by the end of 2016/17 MY, Ukraine has become the largest supplier of rapeseed oil in the EU, having provided 43.7% of the total import volume.
“In turn, sunflower oil – 37% will take the largest share of vegetable oils consumption in the food sector in the new season, followed by rapeseed oil – 27%, palm oil – 25% and soy oil – 11%”, Bouye added.
At the same time, he recalled that, according to the results of 2016/17 MY, the volume of Ukrainian sunflower oil imports in the EU reached 1.5 million tons, which allowed the country becoming an absolute leader in shipment of this product with a share of 92.2% of the total volume purchased.
“In the new season, this indicator is likely to increase further due to changes in the structure of domestic consumption of oils in European countries”, the speaker summed up.
26 October 2017
Largest Sunflower Processors in September-August 2016/2017 Named
The leading place among the largest sunflower processors in September-August was taken by Kernel Company, which accounted for about 23 percent of the production of crude sunflower oil, as well as for 20 percent of refined sunflower oil.
The TOP 5 producers of crude sunflower oil includes:
1. Kernel: 23 percent (share in the total production volume);
2. Vioil: 7 percent;
3. Optimus Agro: 6 percent
4. European Transport Stevedoring Company: 6 percent;
5. Myronivsky Hlibproduct: 6 percent.
At the same time, the largest producers of refined sunflower oil are Kernel (20 percent), Bunge Ukraine (17 percent) and Delta Wilmar CIS (14 percent). The leaders in the production of sunflower meal / cake are Kernel (22 percent), Optimus Agro (7 percent), and European Transport Stevedoring Company (7 percent).
According to the report, at the end of the marketing year 2016/17, Ukrainian companies processed 46.3 percent more sunflower seeds than in the previous marketing year as a result of a record harvest of sunflower in 2016 and an active demand for sunflower oil of Ukrainian production in the world market.
It is important to remember that Ukraine produced 3.18 million tons of crude sunflower oil in January-July 2017, which is 36 percent above the corresponding value for 2016.
20 October 2017
Ukraine: The Harvesting Campaign as of October 13 2017
As of October 13, according to the operational data from the regions, Ukrainian farmers collected 45.0 million tons of grain from 11.6 million hectares (79% of the forecast 14.6 million hectares) at a yield of 38.9 per hectare.
– buckwheat – 173 thousand tons from 155 thousand hectares (85% of 182 thousand hectares) at a yield of 11.1 centners per hectare;
– millet – 77 thousand tons from 53 thousand hectares (93% of 56 thousand hectares) at a yield of 14.7 centners per hectare;
– maize – 7.0 million tons from 1.6 million hectares (36% of 4.5 million hectares) at a yield of 43.5 centners per hectare.
Moreover, harvesting of the following crops is carried out:
– sunflower – 9.8 million tons from 5.1 million hectares (86% of 5.9 million hectares) at a yield of 19.4 centners per hectare;
– soybeans – 2.4 million tons from 1.3 million hectares (66% of 2.0 million hectares) at a yield of 18.3 centners per hectare;
– sugar beet – 6.1 million tons from 142 thousand hectares (45% of 318 thousand hectares) at a yield of 432 centners per hectare.
Along with harvesting, soil bedding is carried out for winter cultures and crops. Currently, 7.7 million hectares or 96% of the forecast area (8.1 million hectares) have been prepared.
Winter crops planting for grain, for the crop of 2018, with a forecast of 7.2 million hectares, was carried out on an area of 5.8 million hectares or 81%. Including:
– winter wheat and triticale – 5.2 million hectares (84% of the forecast 6.1 million hectares);
– rye – 136 thousand hectares (84% of 161 thousand hectares);
– barley – 513 thousand hectares (55% of 926 thousand hectares).
Moreover, planting of winter rape was carried out on an area of 822 thousand hectares or 106% to a forecast of 777 thousand hectares.
19 June 2017
Named the best top managers of agroindustrial complex for 2016
According to the Delo.UA edition, the best managers of the agroindustrial complex in the year 2016 were Kalin Turcan (former CEO of Rize) and Lazos Lamprakis (General Director of Louis Dreyfus Ukraine).
The top 10 top managers of the agroindustrial complex included:
1. Kalin Curcan (“Rize”);
2. Lazos Lamplakis (“Louis Dreyfus Ukraine”);
3. Alexey Vadatursky (“NIBULON”);
4. Irina Ivanova (Chairman of the Supervisory Board, General Director of Agroscope International);
5. Vladimir Balan (General Director, Glencore Grain);
6. Oleksandr Orlov (Director General of Delta Wilmar CIS);
7. Volodymyr Osadchuk (General Director of Noble Resources Ukraine);
8. Vyacheslav Polischuk (director of NPP “Agrinol”);
9. Elena Burkatovskaya (director of the “Optimus Agro” company);
10. Oleksandr Kostenko (Director General of the holding “Ukrainian Agrarian Investments”).
30 March 2017
Top -10 sunflower oil experts in 2016
|4||Mironovsky factory for making cereals and fodder||4,951|
|5||Delta Vilmar CIS||2,804|
|6||Olsid Black Sea||2,367|
|8||Di And Ai Evolution||1,894|
According to site materials Latifundist.com
27 September 2016
Ukraine: Harvesting as of September 26, 2016
*- operational statistics of the Minisrty of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.
21 September 2016
Ukraine: Harvesting as of September 20, 2016
*- operational statistics of the Minisrty of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.
15 September 2016
Rating exporters of sunflower oil in 2015/16 MY (results of October of August)
The “ProAgro” company reviewed information on Ukrainian export supplies of sunflower oil in the 2015/16 season (up to October to August).
Data about ten largest exporters of crude sunflower oil are presented in the table below
* by material of “ProAgro”
9 September 2016
Ukraine: Harvesting as of September 09, 2016
*- operational statistics of the Minisrty of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.
7 September 2016
Ukraine: Harvesting as of September 07, 2016
*- operational statistics of the Minisrty of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.
6 September 2016
Ukraine: Harvesting as of September 06, 2016
*- operational statistics of the Minisrty of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.
5 September 2016
In 2015/16 MY Ukraine sets records as to the production and export of sunflower oil
According to analysts of the Optimus Group, the results of eleven months of 2015/16 MY (September – July) sunflower oil production in Ukraine totaled about 4.8 mln. tons, which is 12% higher than the corresponding last year’s figure and by 8% is the rate of 2013/14 MG. This year’s production is an absolute record for the country. Almost 90%, namely 4.24mln. tons, of sunflower oil for September – July were exported, and it is also a record figure. Taking into account the official data for August, which have already been received, 4.5 mln. tons were exported from Ukraine for the whole 2015/16 MY (September – August), which is 17% more than the last year’s figure and 8% more than the figures in 2013/14 MY. There is no official information as to the sunflower oil roduction in August yet, but according to analysts of the Optimus Group, the total volume of sunflower oil production for the entire 2015/16 MY (September – August) will be about 5 mln. tons. It is also expected that in the 2016/17 season that has just begun, sunflower oil production will exceed the figure of 2015/16 MY, including the introduction of new capacities and forecasts of the ecord harvest of sunflower.
1 August 2016
Ukraine: Harvesting as of July 29, 2016
*- operational statistics of the Minisrty of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.
31 May 2016
Ukraine: Sowing Campaign Progress as of May 30, 2016
|Spring grains and leguminous plants (с кукурузою):||7300||7200||98%
|Early spring grains||2380||2400||101%|
*- operative statistics of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
6 May 2016
EU: Canola Crop Expected to Decrease in 2016
According to some European analysts, the production of rapeseed seeds in the EU will decrease to 21.2-21.4 mln. tons this year as compared to 22 mln. tons a year earlier, Reuters reported.
In particular, in Poland, the gross yield of this oilseed may be reduced to 2.45 mln. tons (-22% per year) due to the early frost in the winter and the cold weather in late April, when rapeseed had entered the flowering stage in a number of regions of the country.
In France, a slight decrease in oilseed crop is expected because of destruction of crops by fungal disease and insects. In this regard, the ODA analysts have reduced rapeseed production forecast in the country from 5.4 mln. tons to 5.2 mln. tons against 5.3 mln. tons in 2015.
In the UK, a slight decrease in the volume of the crop is also expected due to the reduction of the cultivated area occupied by rapeseed by 10% per year due to a weak demand from processors for this oilseed. In addition, a reduction in crop yields due to its destruction by pests is forecast.
At the same time, the rapeseed crop in Germany may increase by 0.6% or to 5.03 million tons, as recent frosts have not caused any substantial harm to the crop.
It is also expected that the decrease in the gross harvest of rapeseed in the EU will increase its dependence on imports of products from Ukraine, Australia, and Canada. However, the low crop of this oilseed in Ukraine in the current year may lead to a lack of its supply in the world market.
22 April 2016
Sunflower Sowing Area will Increase Worldwide in 2016/17
According to the forecasts of Oil World analysts (Germany), the sunflower sowing area is expected to increase significantly worldwide in 2016/17 up to 25.64 million hectares against 24.61 million hectares of the previous season.
The main area expansion for the sowing of oil-bearing crops will be in Russia (up to 6.9 (6.53) million hectares) and in Ukraine (up to 5.75 (5.3) million hectares), which is due to the reduction of winter crops. In addition, the relatively low cost of production of sunflower, as well as a strong demand for the products of processors will also help increase the sowing areas of this crop.
EU farmers will also expand the area of oilseed sowing; however, this growth will be limited due to the expansion of winter crops. For example, a significant growth of this indicator is expected in Hungary due to the reduction of corn crops. Romanian farmers are planning to cultivate a smaller area than last year while their colleagues in France and Bulgaria will not change the sowing area in their countries as compared to last year’s values.
Furthermore, in the current year sunflower sowing will be accentualized by Argentina thanks to the liberalization of its agriculture complex and to the devaluation of its national currency; the crop area will increase by 0.25 million hectares and will constitute 1.5 million hectares. Some analysts believe, however, that the abolition of taxes on exports of sunflower and its by-products may cause the oilseed crop area in Argentina to increase to 1.6-1.8 million hectares.
22 March 2016
Ukraine: Sowing Campaign Progress as of March 21, 2016
|Total early grains and leguminous plants:||2600||671||26%|
*- operative statistics of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
22 March 2016
Ukraine: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food Estimates Condition of 72% of Winter Crops as
Ukrainian News. The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food estimates the condition of 4.9 mln. ha (or 72% of winter crops) of those that sprouted as good and satisfactory.
This was announced by the Minister of Agricultural Policy and Food Oleksiy Pavlenko on his Facebook page according to Ukrainian News.
The data are provided as of March 17, 2016.
It is reported that the sprouts of winter crops appeared in the area of 6.8 mln. ha (96% of the sown area), of which 4.9 mln. ha or 72% are in good and satisfactory condition, 1,9 mln. ha or 28% are weak, and 4.5 thous. ha have died.
In addition, sprouts of winter rapeseed that were sown in the area of 655.3 thous. ha appeared in the area 590,0 thous. Ha (90% of the sown area), of which 396,3 thous. ha (67%) are in good and satisfactory condition, 168 thous. ha (29%) are weak, and 25,6 thous. ha or 4% have perished.
As Ukrainian News reported, farmers have planted 7,1 mln. ha of winter crops for the harvest season of 2016
22 March 2016
EU: MARS Voices EU Forecast Crop Yields for 2016
In its first report on crop yields in the EU, the analysts of MARS voiced the figure for wheat at the level of 59.6 dt/ha, which is 4.8% below last year’s value; the forecast for winter barley is 58.2 dt/ha (-4.9%). In this case, the yield of these crops exceeds the annual average for the past 5 years (by 2.3% and 4.4%, respectively).
Experts report that the condition of winter crops is generally good due to favorable weather conditions, and that the crop prospects are high.
Corn yield, in its turn, is expected at the level of 71.2 dt/ha, which is 10.9% above the low result of last year, when grain crops had had a negative impact of weather conditions.
Also, according to MARS analysts, the reporting figure for rapeseed could reach 33.1 t/ha (-1.4%).
11 March 2016
Ukraine: sowing campaign progress as of March 9, 2016
|Total early grains and leguminous plants:||2430||146||6%|
*- operative statistics of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
11 March 2016
Ukraine: Sowing of Sunflower in 2016 to Increase Again
Sowing of sunflower in Ukraine in 2016 may exceed 6 mln. ha, which will be a record value for the country (the 2015 value was 5.2 mln. ha.). Such a conclusion can be drawn by analyzing the market situation, which has developed in this season, as well as the situation with winter crops.
Because of the drought, the insufficient sowing of winter crops in autumn 2015 amounted to about 900 thous. ha. About 8 mln. ha were sown (wheat, rye, barley, and rapeseed), while the average total area under these winter crops for the past three seasons was 8.9 mln. ha. In addition, according to official information, about 7% of crop seedlings did not germinate, which constitutes about 560 thous. ha. It turns out that 1.4-1.5 mln. ha are an additional free space for sowing of spring crops.
Over the past three seasons, the sowing was mainly due to more profitable crops (sunflower and soybeans). This season, nothing will change dramatically; according to the rough calculations, sunflower (followed by soybeans) will remain the most profitable crop.
The intentions of farmers to increase sunflower crops is supported by the fact that in January-February 2016, 11 thous. tons of sunflower seeds were imported to Ukraine for sowing, which exceeds the average value for the past three years for the relevant period by 57%.
1 March 2016
Ukraine will increase Spring Sowing Area by 1.7 Mln. Ha –Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Fo
The spring sowing area in Ukraine will be increased by, at least, 1.7 mln. ha, which will require an additional resource support. Due to the adverse weather conditions last fall, farmers didn’t sow about 0.9 mln. ha of winter grain and 237 thous. ha of rapeseed; in addition, there is no germination in an area of almost 600 thous. ha according to Yaroslav Krasnopolskiy, First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, reported the press service of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy on March 1.
As of the reporting date, early spring crops have been sown on 45 thous. ha in Kherson, Odesa, and Mykolaiv regions.
“In the structure of sown areas, special attention should be paid to crops of spring wheat, buckwheat, and sugar beet. Measures must be taken to establish a sufficient reserve stocks of seeds of spring crops to enable reseeding of winter crops. Also, the Food and Grain Corporation must improve the financing of spring-field works in order to accelerate the conclusion of forward contracts,” said Ya. Krasnopolsky.
24 February 2016
Ukraine and Russia Agree on Resumption of Transit Transportation since February 25
Ukraine has accepted the proposal of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation to resume transit transportation since the night on February 25 as declared by Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the Prime Minister of Ukraine, as of February 24.
In turn, Andriy Pyvovarsky, the Minister of Infrastructure, added that Russia and Poland also agreed to exchange quotas for cargo transportation. If Ukraine does unlock the transit, it will lose the transit cargo flows.
Also, the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation published a similar announcement on its website.
21 January 2016
World Exports of Rapeseed Meal in 2015/16 May Fall to Five-Year Minimum
Oil World. The world exports of rapeseed meal will reduce in the current season to a five-year’s minimum of 5.56 mln. tons, which on 0.61 mln. tons to last year’s figure and 1.14 mln. tons below the record level of 2013/14. It is noted that the reason for reducing the trade volume in these products in the world will be a decrease in world production of rapeseed meal.
Analysts expect the exports from India to decrease to 400 (996) thous. tons, those from EU, to 335 (397) thous. tons, and those from Ukraine, to 155 (174) thous. tons, whereas exports from Canada will increase to 3.75 (3.62) thous. tons, those from the UAE, to 375 (330) thous. tons, and those from Russia, to 240 (239) thous. tons (values for 2015/16 MY).
A significant decrease in imports of rapeseed meal in the current season to the South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and Bangladesh is expected. In particular, the imports of products to South Korea will constitute 410 (499) thous. tons, those to Thailand, 300 (357) thous. tons, those to Vietnam, 170 (244) thous. tons, those to China, 90 (142) thous. tons, and those to the USA, 3.42 (3.5) mln. tons.
18 December 2015
Sunflower Seed Stocks in Ukraine in Early December Exceed Last Year’s Stocks by 12%
In Ukraine, as of December 1 of the current year, sunflower seed stocks totaled 6.9 mln. tons, which is 12% above the value of 2014, as announced by the State Statistics Service of Ukraine on December 16.
According to the State Statistics Service, agrarian enterprises directly stored 4.2 mln. tons of oilseeds (17%), and enterprises engaged in processing and storing of oilseeds stored 2.7 mln. tons (+5%) on the reporting date of this year.