OTTAWA, ONT. – The federal government has announced that it has opened market access to Ukraine for Canadian purebred cattle for genetics and breeding purposes. The agreement is expected to be worth approximately $12 million over the next three years.
The last time Canada shipped cattle to Ukraine was in the 1980s, as part of a project for the Canada-Ukraine Artificial Insemination Centre.
According to Rick McRonald, executive director of the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association, “Canada-Ukraine dairy genetics co-operation began in the 1970s and has continued through good times and bad. We are happy to see this very positive development.”
The federal government negotiated the new certificate that will allow Canadian producers greater sales opportunities, based on commercial interests identified by the industry. The agreement follows talks that restored market access for Canadian live hogs and swine genetics to Ukraine.
Canada is also currently negotiating a free trade agreement with Ukraine to further open markets for Canadian agricultural exports. Last year Canadian exports of agriculture and food to Ukraine topped $22 million.