Ukraine’s onion acreage may go down in 2021 due to their critically low prices since last summer. The average prices for onion on the Ukrainian market continue to vary within the range of $0.10-0.11/kg since the end of July 2020 and it reached $0.13/kg only for few weeks in August last year. In short, Ukraine continues to record the lowest prices for onion in the Eastern Europe region.
Financing for the program of state support for potato growing, planned for 2021, will amount to UAH 6.04 billion, including UAH 1.37 billion for four main areas of development, Deputy Minister for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture Taras Vysotsky said at the 11th Dutch-Ukrainian Potato Forum on 24 February.
The Institute of Agrarian Economics jointly with the Ukrainian Association of Potato Producers have developed a state-funded program for the development of industrial potato growing for 2021-2025, which provides, in particular, the construction of potato storage facilities with 30% funding from the state.
Ukrainian Minister for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture, Ihor Petrashko, says the Cabinet has adopted a target program for the development of potato production until 2025, as well as that for growing vegetables. "The goal of the 2021-2025 strategy for the development of industrial potato growing is to fully provide Ukraine with potato seeds, including those of Ukrainian selection, as well as table potatoes and raw materials for processing," he said at a Cabinet meeting on October 22.
This year the drought gave up the hopes of the country's farmers to break the records of previous years in grain harvesting as a bad job. The weather factor has hit all crops without exception - from wheat to corn and sunflower. The harvest of the latter is expected to be 1 million tons less than last year.
Business Lead & CEO of Potato Agro Konstantin Sarnatsky has stated that Ukraine should be more concerned with protectionism of the interests of its own potato producers instead of importing goods in significant volumes. “Last marketing year, Ukraine imported potatoes worth UAH 3 billion from Russia.
The losses of winter crops due to drought in Ukraine in the entire country are estimated at 234,000 ha, which is 2.6% of all areas with winter crops, the Ministry for Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture has told Interfax-Ukraine. According to the ministry, the most affected by the drought are winter rape crops – 103,000 ha, wheat – 74,000 ha, barley – 53,000 ha, and peas – 1,300 0 ha.
The onion market in Europe has gone through some difficult years. The record heat and drought in the summer of 2018 resulted in an enormous shortage at the beginning of last year. While the situation in large parts of the continent stabilised again this year, nature again put onion and vegetable cultivation in Ukraine to a hard test last year.
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