Ukraine: Ukrsadprom expects fruit and berry harvest up 30 percent in 2018

The fruit and berry harvest in 2018 could exceed last year figures by 10-30 percent, said Chairman of the Ukrsadprom Association, Dmytro Kroshka. “With favourable weather conditions, the gross harvest of pomaceous, drupaceous fruit and berries & nuts on industrial farms could reach the average figure of the past years: 400,000 to 500,000 tons. The 2018 harvest could exceed last year figures by 10-30 percent,” he said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on May 15.

The weather is the main risk factor. Kroshka said that this year blooming has been quick due to high temperatures; some fruit and berries are ripening quickly as well. 

Director of Berry Nursery ‘ Brusviana’, Liliana Dmytriyeva, said that the Ukrainian market is quite specific. “At present, the leader in Ukraine is the black currant. 

Strawberry occupies 20-24 percent of the market and raspberry 13-14 percent. Areas with blackberry occupy 13 percent of total acreage, according to the State Statistics Service, while other sources said that it is 24 percent,” Dmytriyeva said.

Kyivpost.com describes how, regarding the export of Ukrainian products, Europe remains the most popular market. “The most expensive and popular market is Europe, in particular, Great Britain and Germany. But to get to this market you need to incur certain costs for both fresh berries and frozen ones. Many enterprises plan to do this, but not everyone succeeds. In addition, Ukraine is also interested in the Middle East.

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