Walnut harvest 2018. Ukraine – 3rd place in the world
In Ukraine this year more than 120 thousand tons of walnut were collected. By volume of gross collection – this is the third place in the world after China and the United States.
It is noted on the AgroPortal website to receive a harvest almost a quarter more than last year thanks to favorable weather conditions and an increase in nut trees.
Producers will not be able to get big profits this year. Procurement prices have fallen by one third compared to last year. Now a kilo of walnuts in the capital market can be bought for 130 UAH. But buyers are few – complaining traders.
“Many entrepreneurs consider it very profitable to grow this culture. Last year, the area of walnut gardens, namely walnut, was 18.3 thousand hectares. This year the area has grown somewhere by 3% – to 18.9 thousand hectares “, – said the analyst of the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation Nelya Onishchenko.
But while growing on an industrial scale in Ukraine gives only 14% of the harvest, but the lion’s share is given by private peasant farms.
For its good quality, Ukrainian walnut is usually highly valued abroad, particularly in the EU, Turkey and the Middle East. However, due to trade wars between the United States and China, export restrictions, walnuts from the Middle East have flooded the European market. Competition with cheap imports is Kazakhstan and Moldova. Therefore, world purchasing prices have fallen to $ 5 per kilogram. However, according to experts, since the new year, the cost of this product will traditionally begin to grow.
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