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On 17.12.2020, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine elected Mr Roman Leshchenko as the new Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

On December 3, 2020, a round table "Information on Requirements for Organic Control Bodies in Ukraine" was held in an online format. After the first round table during the BIOFACH trade fair in February, this was the second information event specifically aimed at organic control bodies (CBs), which was initiated by MDETA and carried out with the support of the project "German-Ukrainian Cooperation in Organic Agriculture" (COA).

On 2 December 2020, the first meeting of the Project Steering Group (PSG) in the second phase of the COA project took place via video conference.

According to estimates by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) - despite the ban on commercial cultivation - the proportion of genetically modified (GMO) soybeans in Ukraine is 50-65% of total production.

The development of organic farming is of great importance for the agricultural sector in Ukraine. Organic farming not only ensures better protection of the environment, but also provides the population with safe and high-quality food and at the same time contributes to rural development. The fifth international science conference, which took place in Kiev on November 4, 2020 as a hybrid-online-event, and which was organized by the Scientific and Methodological Center for Education and Higher Education (NMZ) together with the Organic Federation of Ukraine, focused on training issues and knowledge management in the field of organic farming and gave serveral international experts the opportunity to speak.

At the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on October 13th, 2020, Ms. Vladyslava Magaletskaiya was appointed as the new head of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection of Ukraine.

On October 16, the COA team met with Deputy minister Serhii Glushchenko and his staff to discuss the further cooperation of the bilateral project with the Ministry of Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture (MDETA).

From 23rd to 27th September 2020 the Association Biodynamika Ukraine and Farm Schiwa Semlja Potutory GmbH, with the support of the German-Ukrainian Cooperation Organic Agriculture (COA), conducted a training course on the production of biodynamic preparations and their special application in organic viticulture.

We are happy to announce that a database has been established, collecting all available literature on organic agriculture in Ukrainian language.

On 19 September, the XII All Ukrainian Organic Products Fair was held at the Expo site in Kyiv, taking all necessary COVID measures. Organiser of this annual event is the Organic Federation of Ukraine.

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