According to the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UCAB), over the past five years, the potato acreage has increased by 2.7%, or 35,000 hectares, to 1.33 million hectares in 2020. A report on the association’s website claims that as of September 1, 2020, almost 14.825 million tons of potatoes were harvested from 948,700 hectares.
Despite the large number of areas from which potatoes have already been harvested, the yield per hectare is low. For comparison, in 2018 the average yield in Ukraine was 16.76 tons per ha, in 2019 15.21 tons per ha, and in 2020 15.63 tons per ha.
In 2020, due to the pandemic, as well as unfavorable weather conditions, potato imports were also at a fairly high level. This meant that, according to the association, in the period of January-July 2020, potato imports amounted to 233,760 tons for a total of $51.26 million.
According to an article on open4business.com.ua¸ Belarus is the main country-supplier of potatoes to Ukraine, almost 55.7% of all imported potatoes (130,330 tons) for a total of $21.42 million. Also, the top five potato importers to Ukraine were: Russia – 42,470 tons ($7.23 million), the Netherlands – 31,220 tons ($11.97 million), Egypt – 8,930 tons ($2.81 million), Belgium – 8,150 tons ($2.77 million).