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Recent news of our company

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:

  • a significant increase in logistics costs;
  • the transition from rail to road transport and, as a result, an additional load on the roads, which negatively affects the state of roads;
  • a reduction in the staff of elevators and stations and, as a result, a large number of unemployed;
  • untimely export of agricultural products;
  • unprofitability of elevators and their closing;
  • farmers will have to look for other, more distant, stations and spend more on logistics. As a result, an increase in costs will lead to an increase in the cost price of agricultural crops;
  • closing of receiving-and-departure tracks at the stations and their theft;
  • decrease of profitability of Ukrzaliznytsia.

How it will affect the state budget:

  • loss of tens of millions of Ukrainian hryvnias of taxes from enterprises serviced at these stations;
  • additional unemployment benefits;
  • additional expenses for repair of highways;
  • risks of higher prices of products, which will lead to the need to raise wages of state institutions and pensions and at the expense of the state budget of Ukraine.

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:

  • to open stations for work;
  • to change the approach to the classification of ineffective railway stations (to stop classification of freight railway stations according to the past years statistics);
  • to impose a moratorium on the closure of railway stations for cargo operations until the objective analysis of freight railway stations operation;
  • to simplify the registration and approval of documentation for equipment modernization and track-side development of the elevator for the possibility of sending routes;
  • to reduce the cost of delivery/cleaning of wagons;
  • to oblige JSC UZ to ensure fulfilment of shippers’ applications for the delivery of grain wagons of the general park (TsTL AT UZ park – Centre of Transport Logistics of Joint Stock Company Ukrzaliznytsya) for single wagon load and dispersal routes (possible limit setting for provision of shipments data);
  • UZ, together with owners of elevators, shall develop a schedule of guaranteed delivery and cleaning of wagons at sites.

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:

  • leading engineers
  • leading power engineers
  • senior foremen
  • technicians, technologists,
  • laboratory chiefs,
  • leading mechanics.

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:

  • the characteristics of the paternoster as an engineering and technical facility and its engineering infrastructure;
  • the organization of labor protection when working at paternosters;
  • rules, organization, and implementation of the technological process at paternosters and grain-collecting stations;
  • prospects of modernization and improvement of technological lines, equipment, and engineering infrastructure of a paternoster;
  • peculiarities of the operation of transport systems, as well as systems of loading and unloading of metal silos grain containers;
  • grain drying by means of quality assessment;
  • the determination of physical and chemical parameters by means of physical and thermophysical properties of grain mass.

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
KERNEL 22,60% KERNEL 20,20% KERNEL 20,97%
VIOIL 7,40% APK BUNGE UKRAINE 15,85% OPTIMUS AGRO 6,86%
OPTIMUS AGRO 6,49% DELTA VILMAR CIS 10,45% VIOIL 6,62%
MH 5,67% OPTIMUS AGRO 8,66% MH 6,02%
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
Enterprise Share, %
1 Zaporizhzhya Oil and Fat Plant 7%
2 Creative 4%
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%
7 Kirovogradoliya 4%
8 Bandursky Oil Extraction Plant 3%
9 Delta Wilmar Cis 3%
10 Ukraine Black Sea Industry 3%
Others 60%
Total 100%

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.

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:

  • barley – 984 thousand hectares (63% of the forecast);
  • wheat – 102 thousand hectares (59%);
  • oats – 89 thousand hectares (46%);
  • peas – 217 thousand hectares (62%).

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.

Including:

– 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”).

 

 

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30 March 2017

Top -10 sunflower oil experts in 2016

Exporter Billion UAH
1 Kernel-Trade 19,24
2 Cargill AT 7,472
3 Santrade 6,361
4 Mironovsky factory for making cereals and fodder 4,951
5 Delta Vilmar CIS 2,804
6 Olsid Black Sea 2,367
7 BAP 2,125
8 Di And Ai Evolution 1,894
9 Optimus Plus 1,873
10 Agrointer 1,523

According to site materials Latifundist.com

27 September 2016

Ukraine: Harvesting as of September 26, 2016

Name Нarvested

area,
thous. ha

% of

forecast

Production,

thous. tons

Yield,

t/ha

Crops: 10603 74% 41955 39,6
Corn 642 15% 3174 49,4
Buckwheat 131 88% 166 12,6
Millet 94 91% 172 18,3
Sunflower 3161 53% 6758 21,4
Soybean 824 45% 1739 21,1

*- operational statistics of the Minisrty of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

21 September 2016

Ukraine: Harvesting as of September 20, 2016

Name Нarvested

area,
thous. ha

% of

forecast

Production,

thous. tons

Yield,

t/ha

Crops: 10392 72% 40812 39,3
Corn 445 10% 2062 46,3
Buckwheat 125 83% 159 12,7
Millet 94 91% 172 18,3
Sunflower 2601 44% 5510 21,2
Soybean 661 36% 1389 21

*- 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

Name Нarvested

area,
thous. ha

% of

forecast

Production,

thous. tons

Yield,

t/ha

Crops: 1000 70% 38800 39
Corn 79 2% 316 39,9
Buckwheat 99 66% 128 12,9
Millet 81 79% 149 18,3
Sunflower 599 15% 1800 19,8
Soybean 201 11% 413 19,8

*- operational statistics of the Minisrty of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

7 September 2016

Ukraine: Harvesting as of September 07, 2016

Name Нarvested

area,
thous. ha

% of

forecast

Production,

thous. tons

Yield,

t/ha

Crops: 9900 69% 38600 39
Corn 45 1% 184 40,8
Buckwheat 91 61% 117 12,8
Millet 76 73% 138 18,2
Sunflower 599 10% 1200 19,5
Soybean 136 7% 276 20,4

*- operational statistics of the Minisrty of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

6 September 2016

Ukraine: Harvesting as of September 06, 2016

Name Forecast,
thous. ha
Нarvested

area,
thous. ha

% of

forecast

Production,

thous. tons

Yield,

t/ha

Crops: 14300 9900 69% 38500 39
Corn 3700 37 1% 144 39
Buckwheat 149 85 57% 109 12,8
Millet 103 73 71% 133 18,3
Sunflower 5880 470 8% 909 19,3
Soybean 1700 102 6% 205 20,2

*- 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

Name Forecast,
thous. ha
Нarvested

area,
thous. ha

% of

forecast

Production,

thous. tons

Yield,

t/ha

Corn 6280 4900 78% 19900 40,8
Barley 2900 2500 86% 8200 33,1
Rye 143 60 42% 153 25,7
Oats 207 31 15% 78 25,2
Peas 240 223 93% 705 31,7
Winter rape 454 395 87% 1000 26,2

*- operational statistics of the Minisrty of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

31 May 2016

Ukraine: Sowing Campaign Progress as of May 30, 2016

Name Forecast,

thous. ha

Sow,

thous. ha

% of

forecast

Spring grains and leguminous plants  (с кукурузою): 7300 7200 98%

 

Early spring grains 2380 2400 101%
Buckwheat 129 129 100%
Millet 119 82 69%
Rice 11,7 12 102%
Sorghum 84 61 73%
Sunflower 5230 5210 99,6%
Soyabeen 2020 1800 89%

*- 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.

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22 April 2016

Sunflower Sowing Area to 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.

 

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22 March 2016

Ukraine: Sowing Campaign Progress as of March 21, 2016

Name Forecast,
thous. ha
Sow,

thous. ha

% of

forecast

Total early grains and leguminous plants: 2600 671 26%
Spring barley 2000 521 26%
Peas 180 91 50%
Oats 220 24 11%
Spring wheat 170 35 21%

*- 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

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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%).

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11 March 2016

Ukraine: sowing campaign progress as of March 9, 2016

Name Forecast,
thous. ha
Sow,
thous. ha
% of
forecast
Total early grains and leguminous plants: 2430 146 6%
Spring barley 1930 116 6%
Peas 180 25 14%
Oats 100 3 1%
Spring wheat 200 2 1%

*- 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 to Increase Spring Sowing Area by 1.7 Mln. Ha –Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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