In January-September 2019, the rise in domestic fruit and berry exports continued. In the first nine months of this year, Ukraine exported fruit and berry products worth $ 172 million. This is 10% more than in the same period of the previous year, as reported by Ph.D. Bohdan Dukhnitsky, senior researcher of the Department of Economics of Agrarian Production and International Integration of the "Institute of Agrarian Economy."
According to him, this has been possible thanks to the continued increase in sales revenues in all overseas markets of all major commodities in Group 8 of domestic exports. These include walnuts ($ 75 million), frozen fruits ($ 63 million), apples and pears ($ 14 million), and berries ($ 12 million).
Compared to the same period last year, domestic fruit exports increased in quantitative terms, said Dukhnytsky. There has been an almost 80% increase in the volume of walnut exports, which have gone from 20 thousand tons to 36 thousand tons. Apple and pear shipments have increased by more than one and a half times (+52%), from 29 thousand tons to 44 thousand tons, and frozen fruits and berries have seen their exports rise from 36 thousand tons to 37 thousand tons.
The European Union remains the largest market for Ukrainian horticultural products.
Poland (17.5% of the export value), Turkey (11.3%), France (8.1%), Belarus (6.2%), Italy (5.0%), the Netherlands (4.1%) and Iraq (4.0%) are key export destinations.