On May 11 in Bohoduhiv rayon of the Kharkiv region (East Ukraine), a Russian pilot attacked the tractor and operator that was cultivating a field. The tractor John Deere 8335 was the property of the “Astarta-Kyiv” agricultural company.
The tractor operator survive but was badly injured. He works for the Astarta-Kyiv company. At the moment it is only known that he was cultivating the field, crop unknown.
Astarta Holding is a Ukrainian agricultural and industrial holding company. Its main producing assets are located in Poltava, Vinnytsia, Ternopil, Khmelnytskyi, Kharkiv, Cherkasy, Chernihiv and Zhytomyr regions.
The company’s main activities include grain and oilseeds production, sugar production from sugar beets and raw cane sugar processing, soybean crushing, milk production, as well as grain and oilseeds storage and handling services.
Astarta is one of the top-5 Ukraine’s agricultural businesses by land in operation and one of the biggest Ukrainian sugar producers. Astarta processes 22% of the country’s soybean crops. Also, Astarta is the biggest industrial milk producer in Ukraine.
Astarta’s Agricultural Activities
In 2021 Astarta harvested 1.6 million tons of sugar beet and produced 340 thousand tons of white sugar, 974 thousand tons of grains and oilseeds were harvested.
In 2021 Astarta holding produced 508 thousand tons of corn (59 thousand hectares), 268 thousand tons of wheat (47 thousand ha), 76 thousand tons of sunflower seeds (28 thousand ha), 94 thousand tons of soybeans (31 thousand ha), 23 thousand tons of rapeseeds (7 thousand ha) and 1.584 million tons of sugar beets (33 thousand ha).
In 2021 Astarta sold 290 thousand tons of sugar, 861 thousand tons of grains and oilseeds, 161 thousand tons of soybean products and 94 thousand tons of milk resulting in 491 million euros of total sales.