Why is fur farming important for Ukraine?

Fur farming in Ukraine has a rich heritage.

It started to develop during the days of the USSR, and as of 1992, there were 234 fur farms in Ukraine. By 1996, the number of fur farms in Ukraine was reduced to 147, which supplied about 1.2 million skins (twice as much as in 2017).

Since the early ‘90s and until 2008, the industry was undergoing decline and during that time the number of farms was reduced by more than thirty times (to 5–8 fur farms).

Since 2012 and till now, considerable investments have been made in the development of fur farming (about 100 million USD), which allowed to revive this type of animal husbandry in Ukraine: to build new modern farms, to pass the certification process for compliance with internationally recognized standards (WelFur, FURMARK), to increase production volumes and to enter external markets.

Today, fur farms in Ukraine represent:
  1. about 1500 jobs mainly in rural areas. Fur farming helps to improve the demographic and social situation in rural areas, prevents the outflow of labour to other countries;

  2. about 30 million hryvnias per year in taxes to the budgets of all levels, including budgets of rural communities. This has a positive effect on their financial capabilities, including the ability to maintain public sector institutions in rural areas and support social infrastructure;

  3. a cluster around which all economic life of rural areas is built and which facilitates the development of related sectors (from forage cultivation and preparation to logistics, warehouse, veterinary and other services);

  4. up to $70 million of foreign exchange earnings in Ukraine per year from exports, which, though not significantly, but positively, affects Ukraine’s balance of payments and the stability of the national currency;

  5. export of almost 100 % of all manufactured products to the EU. The production of domestic fur farms is competitive in foreign markets, is in demand and valued by Ukraine’s trading partners;

  6. about $100 million in foreign investments in the development of the agrarian sector of the economy over the past six years. This is one of the few vivid examples for other potential foreign investors in the Ukrainian economy;

  7. the six most modern fur farms out of the 10 operating in Ukraine, each of which has passed all stages of certification for compliance with the high European (WelFur) and world (FURMARK) standards in the field of animal welfare. This allows both the population of Ukraine and our trading partners to be sure of the safety of all production processes, the safety and quality of products, the humane treatment of animals, safety and environmental protection, and also helps to increase trust and demand for products from Ukraine;

  8. biological utilization (that is, natural and safe) of 40 thousand tons of waste per year from other sectors of animal husbandry: poultry farms and fish processing enterprises. These volumes of waste are used annually as feed for keeping fur animals;

  9. very effective reduction of the negative impact and burden on the environment of other animal husbandry sectors. Fur farms utilize 10 times more waste from other animal husbandry sectors (poultry farming, fish industry, etc.) than they produce themselves;

  10. additional volumes of organic fertilizers, the use of which reduces (replaces) the use of chemical mineral fertilizers, resulting in a decrease in chemical pollution of agricultural land, reservoirs and the environment as a whole.