EUROPE - Ukraine Update
KILLER BEE VIRUS DESTROYS $2B MARKET - CAN IT MEAN SWEET TIMES FOR UKRAINE HONEY?
By Lee le Chat and Jing Liang
An opportunity to profit from the world’s best quality honey is unfolding for the country that could be called a European Honeyland; Ukraine. If it is true that seeds of opportunity are born from tragedy then a deadly virus that has wiped out a third of American, Canadian and South American honeybee colonies could be a boon to Ukraine’s huge stockpile of surplus honey. The mysterious virus has led to a worldwide shortage of honey. The website www.ukraine-agriculture-traders.com is actively encouraging entrepreneurs and importers to become players in this ‘golden’ opportunity.
Ukrainian honey is known foremost for its quality and in 2007 won four gold medals and four bronze medals at the world’s most respected conference dedicated to beekeeping and honey making - Apimondia. In Ukraine over forty thousand agriculture farmers are engaged in a sophisticated honey industry that is supported by an extensive network of scientiﬁc research and educational institutions.
The worldwide shortage coupled with the quality of Ukraine’s honey and fall of the country’s currency to an all-time low of 14Hryvnias to $1 make Ukraine’s honey surplus nothing less than a ‘golden’ opportunity for entrepreneurs and distributors the world over. This virus and problem of sick bees has thrown a spotlight onto foreign honey producers.
WHY CHINESE HONEY HAVE A BAD NAME
China is the world’s largest producer of honey, responsible for 12% of global honey sales. But China has lost its place the world’s leading supplier of honey due to serious quality issues that has given it a bad name.
The Chinese reputation for exporting terrible quality honey has in recent years grown into the shipment of downright dangerous products. Chinese honey has been found to be laced with antibiotics and lead. Scientists at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found that Chinese honey contained Chloremphenicol, an antibiotic used to treat sick bees. Medical researchers found that children given chloramphenicol were susceptible to DNA damage and carcinogenicity.
In April 2014, the CFIA issued a health advisory on cookies, bagels and muffins which contained Chinese honey in its ingredients, sold by the Tim Horton’s chain. Manufacturers issued a voluntary recall.
Even more deadly is the presence of lead in Chinese honey. Tens of thousands of small honey operators are dotted along small coastal farms all the way to inland China. The presence of lead is attributed to the storage of honey in unlined, lead-soldered drums by these mom-and-dad operators. Lead contamination is even more deadly than Chloremphenicol. Lead is a heavy metal that accumulates in the body. Lead is retained by the body’s internal organs after it is absorbed. In 2001, the US Commerce Department imposed a stiff tariff on Chinese honey. These taxes were slapped on Chinese honey after American beekeepers complained they were forced out of the market because of dirt-cheap, heavily subsidized Chinese honey of dubious quality.
After this date, Chinese smugglers have circumvented tariffs by mislabeling and shipping to countries such as India and Vietnam, and relabeling the honey before it arrives at destination ports. Another favorite con employed is mixing sugar water, sweeteners, or other additives with only an actual bit of honey. To sum it up, Chinese honey is contaminated with antibiotics and heavy metal. It may be mislabeled and may also be heavily adulterated.
A MUTATING VIRUS
The virulent bee epidemic has wiped out a third of US commercial honeybee colonies each year since 2006. A study published in January 2014 has found that the epidemic may be linked to a mutating virus that jumps from tobacco plants to soy plants to bees.
The study found that the culprit of the bee epidemic may be the Tobacco Ringspot virus. The virus is found in pollen that bees pick up while foraging and may be spread as bees mix saliva and nectar with pollen to make “bee bread” for larvae to eat. Varroa mites that feed on bee blood are also found to be transmitting the virus. The tobacco virus is believed to attack the bee’s nervous systems.
WHY BUY FROM UKRAINE?
Unlike China the superior quality of Ukrainian beekeeping products is recognized by international experts and is marked by medals of prestigious contests like Apimondia. While worldwide sources of safe, quality, relatively cheap honey are being exhausted, we at Ukraine Agriculture Traders welcome you, the foreign market buyer, to discover Ukraine honey!
HARD HIT AGRICULTURE SECTOR PLANS TO SURVIVE BANS & RUSSIAN MILITARY MIGHT - WITH VISION, GUTS & DRIVE!
By Alexander Perelli
East European agriculture traders and agribusiness producers are planning a bold initiative to help save Ukraine’s hard hit agriculture industry. Pictures of Ukrainian wheat fields and endless tracks of yellow sunflowers in full bloom where a plane was shot down on July 17 with its mainly Dutch and Australian passengers show not only the tragedy of the crash scene, but lush fields of agriculture in a verdant food producing country long known as the bread basket of Europe.
Ukraine is recognized across Europe and the world for its abundant harvest of fruits, vegetables and berries, and is praised by visitors and tourists alike for the quality and variety of its foods grown without fertilizer in rich organic black soil.
But with Russia, Ukraine’s erstwhile main customer, sponsor and protector, blocking and turning away trucks and trailers delivering long standing orders for Ukrainian agriculture at the border, farmers and producers are worried that Ukraine will lose billions of $ from produce that will rot and go to waste during this season. Russia has now banned all Ukrainian dairy products as well as corn, sunflower and other produce. One day after being hit by sanctions on Wednesday July 30 Russia added also most of Poland’s fruit and vegetables to its list of banned agricultural products.
The partners behind the website www.ukraine-agriculture-traders.com is creating an innovative project to help Ukraine’s rich agricultural harvests reach new markets with a bold initiative. This magazine Income Options Online was specifically set up as a marketing media tool and platform to promote startups and businesses in the Green Gold Canada Group stable. Ukraine Agriculture Traders is one of those businesses.
The agriculture trading company intends to set up a financial banking type operation connected to Ukraine’s agribusiness industry that will invite agribusiness players and other investors to participate in a financing trust similar to the pool-share financing ‘co-operatives’ currently used by the grain silos at Odessa Harbor and elsewhere. “It will essentially be a ‘buyers trust’ co-operative mechanism where investor groups pool funds to fill and ship container loads of product into export markets” according to one of the trust’s senior partners.
In this regard the trust fund will match investor payments $ for $ to buy corn, wheat, millet, lentils and other products for sale to Korea, China, Saudia Arabia and other countries. The purchased produce will be stored ready for shipping in the huge silos that represent a landmark testament to Ukraine’s potentially powerful agriculture industry. Example, it costs roughly $8,000U.S. to fill a container of wheat, flour or beans. Say four investors each put in $1,000, or two put in $2,000 each to create a $4,000 pool, then Ukraine Agriculture Traders Trust will match that by adding $4,000. The profit realized from shipping and expediting the container load of product will be split proportionately between the investors.
In this way several containers may be filled with product and export orders may be shipped to importing countries and investors-buyers can turn profits on their investment in three to six weeks from when a ship leaves the harbor.
Ukraine Agriculture Traders have created a business plan outline that is available to interested investors. A small call-out center is currently being set up in Odessa to contact Ukrainian businessmen and potential partners. A government spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been officially approved have called the plan “far-reaching and bold.”
He said: “This shows that with all Russia’s tanks, sophisticated missile systems and heavy artillery nothing beats innovation, vision, guts and drive to turn around a bad situation and go in a positive direction.
Investors are invited to learn how as little as $1,000 to start could be rolled over a few times a year to continuously grow their bottom line from shipping Ukrainian agriculture to a hungry world. Inquiries to email@example.com
MIND SHIFT SHOW TAPS UKRAINIAN TALENT
By Maria Chopenko
Ukraine is a veritable Garden of Eden with its unbelievable natural beauty and varieties of flowers, good foods and low cost holiday getaways. Added to this is a large pool of talented, educated individuals and creative human capital that ads a showbiz-type glow to its many positive sides. The Canadian based Mind Shift Show is preparing to start its first Ukrainian presentation team in Odessa this year.
The 4-segment Question and Answer games show about love, health, sex and money hopes the Odessa show will expand to other cities via new teams that may be spawned in Odessa. The first group of presenters is only just emerging as a team as can be seen from the names on the Russian language flyer/ticket here.
Watch this space next month for more on how Mind Shift Show Ukraine is progressing.
Viewers interested to know more about this live audience information presentation; or how they may join as Presenters or Associate Co-Producers to work in the show or mount it elsewhere are invited to write firstname.lastname@example.org