: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukraine more than triples cranberry, blueberry exports in 2016

Ukrainian agri-businesses exported 2,900 tonnes of cranberries and blueberries last year, which was 3.3 times more than in 2015, according to the press service of Ukraine`s Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food.

The shipments in monetary terms amounted to $6.9 million, it said.

Poland, the Netherlands and Belarus were the biggest importers of Ukrainian berries last year. In particular, Poland bought 1,400 tonnes, the Netherlands 613 tonnes, and Belarus 541 tonnes.

In addition, farmers more than doubled exports of raspberries, blackberries and mulberries, to 720 tonnes, while shipments of strawberries and wild strawberries abroad last year grew by 1.7 times, to 2,270 tonnes.

The ministry said that for the first time since 2013, Ukraine had exported 79 tonnes of currant to the tune of $18,200.

Earlier, exports of Ukrainian agrarian products rose by 4.5% in 2016 from 2015, to $15.5 billion (42.5% of total Ukrainian exports), according to the Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry. Grain crops, vegetable oil, oilseeds, soybeans, sugar and meat traditionally were export-oriented staples. Key markets were Asian countries (45.9% of exports, worth $7 billion), the European Union (27.5% of exports, $4.2 billion), Africa (15.7% of exports, $2.4 billion), the CIS countries (7.7% of exports, $1.2 billion), and the United States (0.9% of exports, $45 million).


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