Ukrainian onion production expected to continue increasing

Ahead of the release of the updated part of the study on the production and price forecasts for potatoes, cabbage, carrots, beets, onions and apples in Ukraine in the 2020/21 season, experts of the APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits project conducted a final survey, received corrected data from representatives of seed companies, analyzed official data on the international trade of seeds, and most importantly, conducted a series of consultations with market experts and professional growers.

One of the key crops of the season is undoubtedly onions, the prices for which have reached record levels for two years in a row in the second half of the season, with up to UAH 17 / kg (0.51 Euro) in the 2019/20 season, and more than UAH 25 / kg (0.75 Euro) in the 2018/2019 season.

The high prices have attracted new players to the business and added excitement to experienced producers. As the project analysts predicted back in the spring of 2020, the onion acreage continues to expand at an increasingly quicker pace.

Based on the expansion of the acreage, the increase in the import of planting onions, and reports of sales growth, as reported by representatives of seed companies, the project specialists logically predict an increase in the gross harvest of onions in Ukraine in 2020 compared to last year, even taking into account an insignificant reduction of the yield.

Serhii Klimashevych, a co-founder of Kovalevka LLC, which grows onions on ​​80 hectares, says that “if we evaluate the current onion season in Ukraine, we can say with confidence that in 2020, there will surely be enough onions of the right quality to fill the storage capacity.“

“However, it is difficult to say whether the required production amount will last until May 2021 and if the shortage won't have to be addressed with imported onions. Only a sharp deterioration in the quality of Ukrainian onions in storage in the second half of the 2020/21 season could lead to higher onion prices in April-May 2021. At the moment, we wouldn't predict more than UAH 5 / kg (0.15 Euro) for that period,” suggested Mr. Klimashevych.



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