In January-February 2019, Ukraine’s exports of agricultural products increased by $683.8 million or 24% as compared to the corresponding period in 2018. The amount of exports reached $ 3.5 billion. This was announced by acting Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Olga Trofimtseva.
"Agrarian and food products made up 43.9% in Ukraine’s total exports. The largest share of exported products was formed by corn (33.6%), sunflower, safflower or cotton oil (20.13%) and wheat and the mixture of wheat and rye (11.84%)," Olga Trofimtseva stressed.
Apart from that, in the first two months of 2019, exports of the following products grew significantly: corn - by 84.4% ($ 528.4 million); wheat - by 27.8% (almost $ 90 million); press cake and other solids remaining after the extraction of sunflower oil - by 39.7% ($ 55.8 million); rape seeds - by 82.1% ($ 30.2 million); cattle cake and other solids remaining after the extraction of soybean oil – by 2.1 times ($ 26.2 million).
"If we take a look at the regional structure of agricultural products’ exports, Ukraine exported the major share of products to Asia ($1.38 billion), EU countries ($ 1.25 billion), African countries ($559 million) and CIS countries ($217 million)," the acting Minister added.
In January-February 2019, the top 10 importers of Ukrainian agricultural and food products included India (9.6%), Egypt (9.1%), Turkey (7.8%), the Netherlands (7.4%), Spain (6.7%), China (5.8%), Italy (3.8%), Poland (3.3%), Germany and Belarus (2.9%).