Poultry meat production in Ukraine should grow by 12% to 13% in 2009 to 1 million tons, according to Oleksandr Bakumenko, head of the Union of Ukrainian Poultry Farmers board of directors. Almost all of Ukraine’s poultry meat is for domestic consumption, Bakumenko said, with a small amount exported to Kazakhstan, Georgia and Turkey.

As part of the Ukrainian poultry industry’s effort to enter the European market, inspectors will visit poultry and egg producers this January and February, according to Ukrinform, the Ukrainian national news agency.

Bakumenko told Ukrinform that inspections this summer raised only minor issues “linked to the harmonization of the Ukrainian veterinary legislation with the European one,” and the industry is addressing these issues.

Ukraine is modernizing its poultry industry in a number of ways. Okhoche, an egg production company in the Kharkiv region, is among the first Ukrainian poultry enterprises to use large-scale automation. Two workers operate the system to sort and pack 200,000 eggs daily, according to Ukrinform.