Walnut production area in Ukraine is forecast to stabilize at 19,100 hectares (ha) for MY2021/22, following the slight decrease of production area down to 18,700 ha in MY2020/21.
State Statistical Service of Ukraine (SSSU) data analysis suggests that the growth of production area was achieved through a continuing growth of new commercial orchard planting, outpacing the retirement of older, Soviet-era orchards. Similarly, yields from newly planted varieties, managed with improved production technologies using irrigation, fertilizers, and pest and disease control, have offset the declines in production volumes resulting from scaling down of old walnut orchards.
FAS Kyiv has concluded that growing conditions until the beginning of September 2021 appear to be very favorable. Therefore, Post has forecast the MY2021/22 yield at a level higher than the two previous consecutive MYs. Any deterioration of growing conditions in late September and October 2021 should have little to no impact on yields in calendar year (CY)2021.