«This project will be an integral part of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy Ukraine 2015-2018, which includes economic sustainability as a focus area. Agriculture and agricultural exports are important pillars of the Ukrainian economy. Hence, investing in reinforcement of food safety in the dairy value chain matches the strategic aim to strengthen economic sustainability of small and medium-sized enterprises by improving the business climate, export diversification and integration in international trade. The goal of the project is the establishment of a modern food safety control system in the dairy value chain in Ukraine. It can be achieved through close cooperation between government agencies, private sector and non-governmental organizations», – noted Holger Tausch, Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Ukraine.
At the beginning of March, 2016 the Swiss-Ukrainian Project “Establishment of a risk-based food safety control system in the dairy value chain in Ukraine” (“Milk Safety Project”) has been officially launched in Kyiv.
A major aspect of the situation at the outset of this 3-years project is the fragmentation and weakness of the dairy sector structure, as well as the entire dairy supply and outputs chain in Ukraine. It is estimated that about 80% of the total raw milk is produced by small producers, which are characterized by very poor control over milk quality and safety parameters. Due to the lack of supply, milk processors are forced to buy low quality milk, with immediate impact on quality of products and marketability on the international market.
The project consists of three main components:
establishing the institutional arrangements to ensure an integrated milk safety control system by State Service on Food Safety and Consumer Protection of Ukraine (SSFSCPU) / the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine (SVPSU);
increasing the knowledge and providing modern tools for implementation of an efficient risk-based milk safety inspection system;
strengthening the capacity of private industry to produce safe milk products for consumers in Ukraine and abroad.
The lack of compliance with EU and international food safety standards is a major obstacle towards the export ambition of the country towards EU. Therefore, the project’s activities are focused on the one hand on providing technical assistance to the SSFSCPU/SVPSU and on the other hand on assisting the milk processing industry to put in place an extension program to improve the production of safe and high quality milk in the primary industry.
The project is implemented by SAFOSO with financial support provided by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).
Browse the project’s webpage: http://safoso.com.ua/eng.php?file2=about-eng. It shows our current project activities in Ukraine and informs about the goals and our partners.