According to the Ukrainian-based agricultural produce wholesale market, Shuvar, in August 2019, Ukraine imported 4,300 tonnes of potatoes worth US$795,000. This number would be the highest on record, making up the annual volume of potato imports into Ukraine. "This figure is an absolute record for August over Ukraine's independence. In fact, the country imported the annual volume of potato within just one month," Shuvar's press service said on September 18.
According to the head of the Shuvar Analytics Department, Tetiana Hetman, Ukraine had fairly good potato harvests in the two previous seasons, when the annual demand for potato imports was limited to 3,000-5,000 tonnes. At the same time, in seasons with poor harvests, the need for imports stood at 15,000-18,000 tonnes, but even in such years Ukraine had never imported potatoes in August.
Unian.info quoted the expert as saying: "August and September is the period of the largest supply of domestic potatoes. This year, due to the bad weather, late varieties of potatoes entered the market several weeks later. The situation was used by importers from Belarus, where [potato] prices in August were much lower.”