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Ukraine imported a record amount of fruit in 2020

In 2020 Ukraine imported around 1 million tons of various fruit according to the UCAB (Ukrainian Agricultural Business Club) as reported by SEEDS.org.ua.

This is a historical maximum in terms of fruit imports, which exceeds the same indicator of last year by 8% and one and a half times the figure of five years ago.

“It should be noted right away that mainly fruit and berries are imported, which cannot be grown in Ukraine due to unfavorable climatic conditions. The only exception is apples, but their share in the total import structure is insignificant – only 1%” explains Svetlana Lytvyn, an analyst at UCAB.

The undisputed leader in import supplies of fruits to Ukraine are bananas, which occupy a third of all supplies. This is followed by tangerines (19% of imports), oranges (9%), lemons (7%) and peaches (5%).

The  highest growth rate was accounted for grapefruits and persimmons, the volume of imports of which has doubled over the last 5 years.

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