Since the beginning of the year, all categories of economies have produced almost 2.1 million tons of milk, which is by 24.500 tons more than during the same period of the previous year, agricultural policy and food minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk said, Ukrinform reports.

“Since January of 2013, almost 2.1 million tons of milk have been produced by all categories of economies. And this is by 24.500 tons more than during the same period of the previous year. If to look at the categories of economies, the largest milk volumes have been produced by households - 1.5 million tons. Agricultural enterprises have produced 581 thousand tons of milk, which is also 2.8% up against the previous year,” the official noted.

In his opinion, milk production remains stable at households. An important task is raising the quality of milk from the peasants' yards, which will ensure growth of the purchase price for milk.

Currently milk, which is purchased from households, costs on average 2.552 UAH per ton. However, this milk is of the second class. And in order that peasants received a higher price for this milk, it is necessary to raise its quality. It can be ensured by effective economic methods. Thus, the state will further compensate a cost of the individual milking installation. Since the year start, over 3 million UAH have been spent on this program,” the minister said.

He also stressed that creation of family farms and milk cooperatives will help raising the milk quality. They will promote attraction of modern technologies for milk production, thus ensuring high purchase prices for milk.

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