Specialists of Agroprodservice company participated in the seminar of Donau Soja in Vienna
At the seminar, which was organized last week in Vienna, companies-members of the Donau Soja Association, including Agroprodservice company since 2017, discussed a number of issues about cooperation in production and processing of non-GMO soy in Europe.
Seminar participants discussed potential and problems of agricultural businesses development, which cultivate soy in regions (Western, Central and Eastern Europe). It was also possible to observe European and World market of soy and products after its processing.
Representatives of Agroprodservice private agroindustrial enterprise, who are the Association members, were informed about their report for 2017. They also took part in the Association’s budget approval for 2018.
The Donau Soja Association was founded in 2012 in Vienna with 20 members which today unites more than 120 participants from 50 European countries bordering with Donau river basin.
The headquarters is located in Vienna. The other headquarters are also in Romania, Serbia, Italy, Switzerland, Moldova, and recently in Ukraine (Kyiv).
Europe imports about 32 mln tons of soy annually, mostly from Brazil.
The biggest importer of soy in the world is China which purchases soybeans, while Europe purchases products after processing, soy oil meal in particular. Despite the lack of its own protein, the other problem which countries of Central and Western Europe faced is production of non-GMO soy. Space for cultivating soy is expanding mostly extensively in Latin America countries.
The quality label “Donau Soja” designates that products consist from non-GMO soy and that soy beans originate from the Danube region. Ukraine also produces safe soy and develops its processing system. According to the borders of Donau basin, the quality label “Donau Soja” in Ukraine designates crops cultivated on the territory of Zakarpattia, Chernivtsi, Lviv, Ternopil, Kmelnytskyi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Vinnytsia and Odesa regions.
Such countries as: Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Germany (Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg), Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Bulgaria, and Moldova approved such approach to protein safety in Europe. Declaration has required plan of implementation of big-scale program on soy cultivation in Donau basin region.