While consumer demand for organic products is growing every year all over the world, the rate of development of these products in the Eurasian Economic Union remains unsatisfactory. The share of areas involved in organic agriculture does not exceed 1% of the total arable land. Lack of clear, uniform legislation slows down the arrival of new players in the industry.
According to data published this year by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), the global market in 2019 grew by 10% compared to 2018 and reached the € 106 billion mark. Organic production now accounts for about 1.5% world farmland; in 2019, their area increased by 1.1 million hectares and amounted to 72.3 million hectares. There are about 3 million manufacturers of such products in 187 countries.
The dynamics of the development of organic agricultural production in the Eurasian Economic Union is slightly behind the world indicators. However, there are positive dynamics as well. The area of organic farmland in the EAEU already exceeds 1 million hectares, including 674,000 hectares in Russia. Nevertheless, so far this is only less than 1% of all agricultural land, which means there are broad prospects for growth.
Agroberichtenbuitenland.nl reports that another feature of organic agriculture in the EAEU countries is the raw material nature of the products it produces. The producers of the Union supply organic grains, oilseeds and legumes, wild plants to European countries, mainly for their further processing.