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April 19 2002, 14:37 APK-Inform

Ukraine has not followed Russia in lifting US poultry import ban

APK-Inform obtained information from State Secretary of Ukrainian Agrarian Policy Ministry Mr. Ryzhuk that Ukraine has not changed its stand regarding imports of poultry meat from the USA despite the fact that Russia has lifted its ban. 'There are no reasons for reviewing these issues in the near future', he said. He also mentioned that Ukraine has increased poultry production by 70 percent in 2001 and is expected to double it in 2002. In this situation Ministry does not see any technological need to change zootechnical and veterinary requirements for poultry feeding. Mr. Ryzhuk said that Russia has its own view on these problems, its own legislation, its own positions and its own production and consumption levels. Therefore, he does not think that Ukraine should follow Russia in these issues.