“Only imports from Ukraine will not solve the problem with the price of products,” Minister of Agriculture and Food Kiril Vatev told journalists.
According to him, the farmers’ protest was provoked by the “increased sensitivity that is due to the accumulated problems for decades”.
An inspection of milk and milk products showed that the largest share of the added value of the products remains with the trader in the end – up to 70%. “This is how things are with all the other goods,” said the responsible minister, who hopes that Ukraine understands how important it is to have a good dialogue and that there is no tension in our country.
“We have a problem with dry milk from Ukraine, however, the report shows that there is the largest import of dry milk from Germany, and we cannot stop it. We have the most imports of honey and bee products from Poland, which are most likely Ukrainian, and from Greece, which are most likely Chinese. With this open market, Ukrainian goods can always end up in a European country and enter our country as an intra-community delivery,” Vatev explained.
According to him, there is no problem with the quality of products from Ukraine because there is strict control. But the claim of our agricultural producers that Ukraine is not part of the European Union and does not work according to European rules, which make domestic production more expensive, is well-founded.
He also announced that the Council of Ministers will develop a new law on the trade in agricultural goods, which will set limits on mark-ups.