BerryMore Active, the largest berry plantation in the Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine, plans not only to sell blackberries in Ukraine but also to export them abroad. Today, the plantation occupies 20 hectares and has plans to expand to 85 hectares by 2025. Inna Yaremenko, CEO of BerryMore Active, explained these goals in a column for the AgroTimes:
“Considering the potential harvest volumes, we will work not only for the domestic market but also for exports. For exports, you need to have certificates and for the second year in a row, we passed the certification according to the GlobalG.A.P. standard. You should also develop a supply mechanism and have a decent volume. Nobody is interested in three or five tons of berries. Tens and hundreds of tons are needed; stable supplies of high quality. So far, we are just learning how to export.”
The head of the company explained their choice of berry for exports as follows: “Blackberries seemed to us an interesting direction because there is less competition here than in the raspberry and blueberry sector. The berry is original and gives a good financial return. I did not come across accurate statistics on the areas under blackberries so everything is approximate but, according to my observations blackberries account for no more than 10% of the total berry crop Ukraine.”
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