Blueberries have been the most popular commercial berry crop in Ukraine during the last five years, which has meant the nation is becoming an increasingly important player in the berry market.
According to expert estimates, the cultivated area could already reach 3.000 hectares this year . Just ten years ago, it was just over 200 hectares. Some predict that the area will triple in the next five years.
According to Alexander Yarechenko of the Institute of Horticulture of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences of Ukraine, 2018 hectares of new plants were created in 700 , which means an area increase of 44% during the year.
Yarechenko claims the cultivated area is already 2.100 hectares according to official data from 2018, which is actually due to the last three years (2016: 280 hectares of new plantations, 2017: 485 hectares and 2018: 700 hectares).
According to the Polish-Ukrainian trade media, Ukraine ranked second among the 20 largest suppliers of blueberries in the world in terms of export growth rate at the end of September 2020. The average growth rate of blueberry sales in the last five years was 26,5%.