Ukraine to 2018 imported vegetables and potatoes for $92.5 million, while exports of these goods amounted to $40 million.
EastFruit analysts believe that the country is not fully utilizing all capabilities in the production and export of vegetables, which are opened in front of her in the summer, informs Rus.Media.
“At the end of the 2018 year, Ukraine imported vegetables and potatoes for $92.5 million (excluding mushrooms and legumes), while exports of these goods hardly reached $40 million Thus the trade deficit of Ukraine of vegetables and potatoes was about $53 million, an increase of $20 million per year. And if the exports for the year grew only 7%, while imports of vegetables have increased by 40%”, – stated in the message.
Analysts noted that Ukraine last year had a trade deficit in all of the grocery items, but frozen vegetables and canned vegetables, where the trade surplus was minimal. In 2018 most of all – almost three times increased imports of carrots. The largest export revenues, Ukraine was given a tomato (26%) and frozen vegetables (21%). A year ago, the weight of these positions in exports was higher – 37% and 24%, respectively.
Therefore, analysts said, it is very important that in the coming years, farmers invested not so much in the quantity but in the quality of the vegetables, and also paid attention to high value vegetables, for which demand is growing in the world and which can be successfully exported. First of all we are talking about such crops as asparagus, lettuce, greens, various new types of Cole crops, artichoke and the like.
“Ukraine has all possibilities for successful production and export of quality vegetables in the EU countries and the Middle East. If in Dubai on the shelves of supermarkets is duties carrots from Australia in December, then there is no reason why Ukraine could not compete with Australia in this market, which is several times further, and where labor, energy, land and everything else are more expensive, than in Ukraine”, Andriy Yarmak, economist, investment Department Food and agriculture organization of the UN (FAO).