According to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, this year, the farmers have threshed 4.4 million tons of soybeans from 1.7 million hectares, which is 600 thousand more than last year. The crop productivity also exceeds the last year’s and is 25.8 centners per hectare (in 2017 – 19.3 centners).
For our state, this is good also because the countries of the Middle East, Africa and the Southeast Asia are very interested in the Ukrainian pulses.
Evidence for this is the III International Conference “Pulse Crops. New markets. New opportunities” which gathered around 300 participants from 32 countries of the world, among which were: manufacturers, trade companies, scientists, representatives of international organizations and state institutions of Ukraine. The event was held through the help of the Turkish Company “Akyurek”, as well as the National Companies “Ukravit”/“Crop Care Institute”, “Agrodar”, “Agroleader Ukraine” and the Agency “UkrAgroConsult”.
The Forum began with welcoming speech of the Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine for European Integration Issues Olha Trofimtseva and the President of the Public Association “Community of Pulse Producers and Customers of Ukraine” Antonina Skliarenko. The Plenipotentiary Ambassador of India to Ukraine Mr. Partha Satpathy also appealed to the participants of the Conference. Among the speakers were experts in the sphere of pulses from Ukraine, Israel, India and Turkey.
The participants highlighted the importance of pulses both for the producers and the consumers. On the one hand, they are a water-saving and nitrogen-fixing crops. That is why they are also attractive to agrarians from the economic point of view, they are necessary for cropping pattern. On the other hand, they are important from the point of view of protein content and significance in the dietary structure of people, especially in the modern trends of healthy nutrition.
According to the forecasts of the UN, over the next 15 years, the world’s population will increase by more than 1 billion people in the next 15 years, reaching up to 8.5 billion in the 2030, and to 9.7 billion in 2050.
Thus, in the next decades, the natural growth of food demand in the world will occur. Moreover, in the next 10-20 years, taking into account the unresolved problems of poverty and significant income differentiation, the bulk will be the demand for the simplest and most affordable food products. More than 2 billion people are faced with the lack of vitamins and micronutrients that are necessary in the growth process and appropriate development.
That is why it can be said that the world demand for pulse crops will be increasing due to the fact that the pulse crops are the alternative to animal proteins, they contain a number of important micronutrients. The participants of the event noted that each country is unable to withstand global challenges individually, we need to consolidate the efforts of all countries to ensure the sustainable development of the pulse industry, which is an important part in achieving the UN objectives, in particular with regard to food security. Therefore, the global pulse market is a market of opportunities.