In 2017, Ukraine sent 17,6 thousand tons of potatoes in physical weight to foreign markets, which amounted to $ 3,4 million in dollar terms, the State Fiscal Service reports.
Compared to 2016 (5 thousand tons in physical weight), this is 3,5 times higher, and in terms of money, the volume of potato exports increased 2,6 times ($ 1,3 million in 2016).
Products were readily bought by Azerbaijan (7%), Moldova (15%) and Belarus (75%). The export structure for these countries is as follows: Azerbaijan — 1,24 thousand tons for $ 242 thousand, Moldova - 2,61 thousand tons for $ 511 thousand, Belarus - 13,27 thousand tons for $ 2,59 million.
In 2017, the gross harvest of potatoes amounted to 21,9 million tons, which is 0,5% higher than a year earlier. More than 98% of the crop was grown by households.
Potato imports to Ukraine decreased by 2,6 times in physical terms and by 48,6% in monetary terms. Over the past year, Ukraine bought 9,86 thousand tons of potatoes for $ 2 million. Import structure: Egypt (10,14%), Germany (29,4%), the Netherlands (42%).
The country producing potatoes ranks fourth in the world. Ukraine is ahead of China, India and the Russian Federation. Despite the reputation of the “potato country”, Belarus occupies only tenth place in the cultivation of these products.
A source: http://www.zerno-ua.com