Ukraine hopes to begin exporting poultry products to the European Union in late 2012, according to Oleksandr Bakumenko, chairman of the Union of Poultry Farmers of Ukraine.

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Due to strict chicken breeding requirements set by the EU, there is a shortage of eggs on EU markets and their prices are increasing, said Bakumenko. In the meantime, Ukraine has been working to gain a permit from the EU to supply poultry products to its markets for several years, and domestic companies have now passed the relevant checks by European specialists. "We expect that the European Union market will be opened for us," said Bakumenko. "All of the procedures required for this have been nearly completed. Soon products will start moving to the European markets, both eggs and poultry."