Improving animal welfare in pig farming

Improving animal welfare in pig farming

Zootechnologia LLC, a Ukrainian enterprise without foreign investments, is situated in the Kherson region. The farm started its work in 2005 by buying two pig complexes in Novoraysk village, Beryslav district (there is a sow unit now) and Vinogradovo village, Tsurupynsk district (a finishing unit) in the Kherson region. The basis of the reproductive herd are the double breed hybrids Landrace — Big White. Terminal boars of the Duroc breed are used to produce commercial piglets.

One of the most sensitive steps in animal farming is the transportation. To minimize the stress of the animals during transport, the company invested in a modern specialized trailer through a leasing agreement with OTPL. Apart from safer and higher comfort transport conditions for animals, the new vehicle is also more fuel efficient and more reliable.

The project was assessed under the simplified rules of the LET process. After the successful project verification, the company received 10% of the loan value as a grant incentive, funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union. The project verification was carried out under the special COVID-19 rules set by the EU, which ensure that investment projects can be verified despite COVID restrictions and that investors can receive their grant.  The timely verification and grant payment is important to all companies, but even more so to companies that contribute to safeguarding the food supply during these times.

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of European standards, including:

    • Directive 2007/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 September 2007 establishing a framework for the approval of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles (Framework Directive) 
    • Regulation (EC) No 661/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 concerning type-approval requirements for the general safety of motor vehicles, their trailers and systems, components and separate technical units intended therefor
Loan Amount € 72,902
Grant amount € 7,290
EU Directives met Regulations on motor vehicles and trailer safety
Invested in Pezzaioli SBA 63, Vehicle (Trailer)

Improving worker motivation and process efficiency in agriculture

Improving worker motivation and process efficiency in agriculture

 ‘Zlatopil’ is an agricultural company that has been operating since 1996. The enterprise cultivates about 900 hectares of land located in the Globyno district of the Poltava region.  The company produces wheat, corn, sunflower, soy and winter rapeseed and frequently spearheaded modern farming methods. Recently the company introduced precision agriculture principles, reducing fertilizer requirements and accordingly increased its profitability while reducing negative environmental impact.

In support of its goals towards higher efficiency and profitability, the company also invested in two new seeders, a combine harvester and a tractor, reaping the benefits of a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan.  The equipment was delivered in time for the harvest season.

Apart from improving the capacity and efficiency of the farming processes, the new equipment also provides better health and safety conditions for workers and is much more fuel efficient than the equipment that was replaced. Furthermore, the new equipment is more reliable, reducing maintenance cost and down periods and is simple to use. Equipment operators now also enjoy a quiet cockpit and a dust-free workplace that is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. 

The project was assessed under the simplified rules of the LET process. After the successful project verification, the company received 10% of the loan value as a grant incentive, funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union. The project verification was carried out under the special COVID-19 rules set by the EU, which ensure that investment projects can be verified despite COVID restrictions and that investors can receive their grant.  The timely verification and grant payment is important to all companies, but even more so to companies that contribute to safeguarding the food supply during these times.

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of European standards, including:

    • Regulation (EU) No 167/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 February 2013 on the approval and market surveillance of agricultural and forestry vehicles
Loan Amount € 299,999
Grant amount € 29,999
EU Directives met Regulations farm machinery, improved health and saftey
Invested in Seeders Combine harvester Tractor
Energy Savings and GHG reduction 144.19 MWh/y 38.46 tCO2/y Energy Savings Ratio: 61.3%

Contributing to secure food supply

Contributing to secure food supply

The company Vladana is an important agrarian enterprise located in the Suma region in North-Eastern Ukraine. The company initially took advantage of the opportunities of the ′EU4Business-EBRD Credit line in Ukraine’ by investing in a Cultivator and a Seeder through a leasing contract with OTPL.  The company was very happy with the cooperation and subsequently invested in a Telehandler.

The new equipment has a significant impact on the company’s productivity.  Most importantly however, the equipment is more fuel efficient and also provides vastly superior working conditions for operators.

The last project, relating to the investment in a modern Telehandler, was assessed under the simplified rules of the LET process. After the successful project verification, the company received 10% of the loan value as a grant incentive, funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union. The project verification was carried out under the special COVID-19 rules set by the EU, which ensure that investment projects can be verified despite COVID restrictions and that investors can receive their grant.  The timely verification and grant payment is important to all companies, but even more so to companies that contribute to safeguarding the food supply during these times.

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of European standards, including:

    • Regulation (EU) No 167/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 February 2013 on the approval and market surveillance of agricultural and forestry vehicles 
    • Directive 2007/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 September 2007 establishing a framework for the approval of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles (Framework Directive) 
    • Regulation (EC) No 661/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 concerning type-approval requirements for the general safety of motor vehicles, their trailers and systems, components and separate technical units intended therefor
Loan Amount € 59,225
Grant amount € 5,923
EU Directives met Regulations farm machinery, improved health and saftey
Invested in Telehandler
Energy Savings and GHG reduction 34.31 MWh/y 9.15 tCO2/y

Reducing raw material input in bottle cap production

Reducing raw material input in bottle cap production

JSC “LACMA” is a plastic packing manufacturer, founded in 1992. The main products of the company are screw caps, spouts for doy packs and flip top caps. The company employs 91 people and its annual production volume constitutes 700 million caps. The company supplies more than 60 producers of beer, carbonated/noncarbonated mineral water and carbonated drinks.

LACMA purchased two 48-slot high-performance hot-channel injection moulds with temperature controllers for production of the screw caps for PET bottles. Just over 71% of the €1.06 million investment was financed with a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line Loan.

The purpose of the investment was to reduce the consumption of materials and waste per unit of output in the production of plastic caps for plastic bottles with a threaded neck. Furthermore, new equipment is more energy efficient than the existing equipment. It will also increase the production capacity for bottle caps by 22%, and it reduces the consumption of polyethylene used in the manufacturing process by around 32-34%.

After the successful project verification, the company receives 15% of the loan value as a grant incentive, funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union. The project verification was carried out under the special COVID-19 rules set by the EU, which ensure that investment projects can be verified despite COVID restrictions and that investors can receive their grant.  The timely verification and grant payment is important to all companies, but even more so to companies that contribute to safeguarding that local production can supply other processing industries and that contribute to employment in the country.

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of European standards, including:

    • Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006 on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC (recast) 
Loan Amount € 757,244
Grant amount € 113,586
EU Directives met Regulations on machinery, on waste, on health and safety of workers
Invested in Two high performance hotrunner 48-cavity injection mould, with temperature controller for the production of screw caps