14 december Precision farming in Ukraine: opportunities for Dutch business

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On the assignment of the Agricultural counsellor in Ukraine and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UCAB) performed a survey of the precision farming in Ukraine, and outlined opportunities for the Dutch companies on the Ukrainian market.

Precision background
Beeld: ©UCAB

During the webinar, UCAB will present their findings, and two representatives of the Ukrainian agricultural companies will share their experience, needs and advice in the new products.

To join the webinar

please register by sending us an email to KIE-LNV@minbuza.nl

The program of the webinar:

10:00 – 10:05    Introduction. Reinoud Nuijten, Agricultural Counsellor

10:05 – 10:25    Presentation UCAB: main findings of the survey “Precision farming technologies in the agricultural sector of Ukraine”. Oleh Nesterov, Deputy General Director, committee coordinator (UCAB)

10:25 – 10:32    Business case 1:  Dmytro Zaitsev - Head of Precision Agriculture Department (Continental Farmers Group) - 195 000 ha

10:32 – 10:40    Business case 2: Dmytro Hlushchenko - Director of Private agricultural enterprise "Ukraine" - 7500 ha

10:40 – 11:00    Questions and answers

11.00 - 11.10     RVO intstruments available for the Dutch businesses. Lydia Aalpoel, RVO

11.10 - 11.20     Discussion and follow up

To join the webinar

please register by sending us an email to KIE-LNV@minbuza.nl

According to the Global Innovation Index ranking of innovation performance of 132 countries around the world in 2021, Ukraine ranks #49 in the world and #3 in its income group. Ukraine is a leading exporter of agricultural products and foodstuffs with 2/3 of the agricultural exported to 175 countries. Current challenges and developments that affect activities in the Ukrainian agricultural sector, like recent opening of the land market, approximation to the terms of future agreements on the EU Green Deal, reform of irrigation stimulate implementation of  precise accounting and monitoring of land resources and maintaining soil maps; adaptation of  the technological processes in the agricultural sector to the temperature rise; adjust production practices to increasing water scarcity, soil degradation, and increasing lack of workforce.

Suppliers of technologies that can tackle these issues and problems by introduction of innovative technologies can directly approach various categories of agricultural producers in Ukraine.

Using a drone
Beeld: ©Farming the future / NL Branding

Precision farming technologies have already strongly penetrated to the farming practices in Ukraine. Large agriholdings have own innovation departments and small agricultural producers are less advanced. UCAB surveyed application of precision farming technologies among different categories of agricultural producers: small (less than 1000 ha and 1000-3000 ha), middle-sized (3-10 thous.ha), and large agricultural producers (more than 10 000 ha) per region. Use of the following technologies was surveyed: of electronic field maps, heading indicators/ autopilots, GPS monitoring (trackers) and fuel control sensors, satellite maps/NDVI, drones/UAV, weather stations and soil moisture sensors, forecasting programs (pests, diseases), and farm management systems.

51.2% is average percentage of application of precision farming technologies for all categories of surveyed enterprises. Electronic field maps are used by majority of middle and large –sized agricultural companies, 91-95% of their lands are digitized. Heading indicators, autopilots, GPS monitoring (trackers) and fuel control sensors are used by every 3rd small farmer and 85-92% of middle-sized and large companies. Satellite images /NDVI index use is about 16% with the smaller farmers and 71% with the large agriholdings. Only 20-30% of agricultural farmers do mapping of soil compaction. Soil moisture sensors are used by 39% of the farmers. Farmers still focus on meteorological data and meteorological stations, own or provided by servicing companies. Farmers are not used to maintain moisture sensors in the field. 10% of farmers less than 1000 ha use drones, while 86% of large companies use them. Programs for forecasting the appearance of pests and diseases are the least spread.

Ukrainian agricultural producers are open for new solutions with responsive customer support, although not all of them are always ready to describe what exactly they need. Regional field days, and exhibitions and for a like recent AgroIT  exhibition cooperation with private educational projects, and thematic catalogues will help Dutch companies become more visible on the Ukrainian market.

Precision farming 1
Beeld: ©Farming the future / Nl Branding
  • What is current level of applying precision farming technologies in Ukraine?
  • What are the opportunities in precision farming in Ukraine for Dutch companies?
  • Who are the most active users of precision farming technologies in the Ukrainian agriculture? How to reach them? What are their needs?
  • What is best strategy to find reliable partners?

To join the webinar

please register by sending us an email to KIE-LNV@minbuza.nl

Looking forward to see you soon!