From July 1, 2018, new requirements of DSTU 3662: 97 “Cow milk, whole. Requirements for procurement “, according to which Ukraine should leave milk of three classes: extra, higher and first class, and refuse of milk of the second class. Such a need arose in connection with the requirements of the treaty with the European Union and it was necessary to fulfill this requirement on January 1, but its implementation was postponed for half a year.

However, the new requirements of the DSTU do not imply an immediate rejection of second-class milk. As Elena Kovaleva, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine noted Milk of the second class will be accepted by processors up to January 1, 2020. The next two years from this date, the Ukrainian dairy industry will enter the transition period: milk of the second class will be taken only as raw materials for the production of non-food products.

In order to adapt the Ukrainian production of milk and dairy products to EU norms and ensure its quality, safety and hygiene in production, the Ministry has drafted an order “On Approving the Requirements for Safety and Quality of Milk and Dairy Products”.

In addition, according to Kovalyova, the state also provides financial assistance. For example, through livestock support programs (UAH 4 billion in 2018) and the development of farming and cooperation (UAH 1 billion).

According to official statistics, for today the farms received subsidies in the amount of 6.7 million UAH for growing young cattle, and agricultural producers received 259.2 million UAH for the cows housing. Also on 21,4 thousand UAH were compensated interest on loans.

Earlier it was reported that agricultural producers criticized the subsidies offered by the Groysman government to support livestock development. They were called populist and made calculations, from which it could be seen that the proposed assistance in 125 UAH / month was not enough for even one litter for one animal.