Walnut is the most widespread nut in Ukraine. It accounts for 99.9% of the Ukrainian nuts production.
The main reason for the decline was a decrease in yields and a slight decrease in the cultivated area.
Despite the fact that 99% of nuts are grown in households, they are actively exported from Ukraine and about 25-30% of Ukrainian walnuts are sold abroad. In Ukraine, a system for collecting the walnuts from the households has been established, followed by processing (drying, removing the shell, etc.) and selling in larger batches. Walnuts are exported in-shell or kernels The most popular are kernels – around 91% of exports in 2020.
“It is worth noting a significant reduction in Ukrainian exports of walnuts. So, in 2020, walnuts worth $ 98.1 million were exported, which is 29% less than the previous year. The main reason for the decline was the overall decline in global trade in walnuts. Global trade for in-shell walnuts fell 25% and trade for kernels fell 5%. However, Ukraine still is 4th in the ranking of the world’s largest exporters of walnuts kernels” Svetlana Lytvyn, an analyst at UCAB, comments.
The main buyers of walnuts on the global market in 2020 were France (14% of export revenue), Turkey (11%) and Greece (10%).
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