The State Service for Food Safety and Protection of Consumers of Ukraine (Derzhprodspozhyvsluzhba) has detected pests, disease-causing organisms, and nematodes in barley, soybean, and corn grown by some farmers, which violates phytosanitary requirements for exports from Ukraine to China.
”As of August 25, inspections of crops for compliance with the phytosanitary requirements for the export of barley, soybean, and corn from Ukraine to China and analyses of samples at phytosanitary laboratories have identified pests, disease-causing organisms, and nematodes that are prohibited from being imported to China,” a statement said.
According to the report, infected crops have been identified in nine regions: Ivano-Frankivsk, Kirovohrad, Ternopil, Mykolayiv, Zhytomyr, Rivne, Chernihiv, Donetsk, and Lviv. It was reported that 2,500 ha of corn, 638 ha of soybean and 65 ha of barley were infected.
Derzhprodspozhyvsluzhba stated that all the farmers whose crops had been found to be infected were notified of the inspection results. The export of their products was banned.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Head of Derzhprodspozhyvsluzhba Volodymyr Lapa had stated that the increasing instances of contamination of Ukrainian agricultural products meant for export, particularly those destined for the Chinese market, create the risk of losing the Chinese market.
Lapa pointed to growing competition on the Chinese market after Russia started exporting its products to China. Lapa urged grain producers to comply with international requirements.