Ukrainian, Swiss agrarian branch managers met within Kyiv
06.06.2018 16:18 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
As of this week, Olena Kovaliova, Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, the Ukrainian State Service for Foods Safety and Consumer Protection representatives and the Ukrainian Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food representatives, had a meeting with experts from the State Secretariat of Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO) Christian Robin and Barbara Yeggin, and the experts from the Project on Safety of Milk (SAFOSO), had a meeting within Kyiv, Ukrainian Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food reports.
As to the report, the meeting was focused on the implementation of a system for food safety monitoring.
As to the report, within the meeting, creation and implementation of a modern food safety control system based on risk assessment within the cycle of Ukrainian dairy products ‘ output and marketing were discussed; besides, discussed were also the results of the cooperation, the main tasks and challenges as for the implementation of this project.
«The Swiss-Ukrainian project is an integral part of the systemic process for the restoration of the livestock sector and the provision of safe milk output,» Kovaliova admitted.
As to her, the effective cooperation, supported by the Swiss side with the Ukrainian agricultural producers and the Agrarian Ministry has yielded significant results within the development of the Ukrainian market for organic products and has made a significant impact upon the establishment of a system for monitoring of the Ukrainian domestic raw milk/dairy products’ safety.
As to the report, the meeting participants made an especial emphasis on the further development of the domestic raw milk small producers and improvement of the raw milk/dairy products’ quality.
Discussed were also the prospects for further support of the domestic local dairy production, including through the development of cooperatives, in order to provide the population and family farms with the opportunity to recycle small amounts of raw milk and sell them thereupon within the local trading and catering establishments.
Besides, within the meeting, discussed was also the pilot raw milk quality control program within 4 regions of the project (Vinnytsia, Mykolayiv, Poltava and Kharkiv). In the case of a successful implementation of this program, it is to be extended to all Ukrainian domestic raw milk producers and raw milk reception stations.