Ukraine is second largest supplier of organic products to the EU

According to the the results of 2019, Ukraine took the 1st place in Europe and the 2nd place in the world (out of 123 countries) in terms of the volume of exported organic products to the EU, rising by two positions compared to the previous year.

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This is stated in the recently published annual report of the European Commission "Imports of organic agri-food products into the EU: key changes in 2019."

"The growing demand of European consumers for Ukrainian organic products proves their high quality and competitiveness. Ukraine's leading position in world trade in organic products is demonstrated by the active development of this industry, which is a priority in the ministry's agricultural policy, "commented Deputy Minister of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine - Trade Representative of Ukraine Taras Kachka.

In 2019, 3.24 million tons of organic agri-food products were imported into the EU, more than 10% of which is coming from Ukraine. Ukrainian exports to the EU increased by 27% - from 265,817 tons in 2018 to 337,856 tons in 2019. Grains (except rice and wheat, 76.9% of grains of Ukrainian origin), wheat (31.8% from Ukraine), oilseeds (except soybeans, 18.2% and second only to Turkey) are mainly exported to the EU from Ukraine. , soybeans (4th place and 13% of soybean imports from Ukraine), fruits (11% and 3rd place). Ukraine is also one of the largest exporters of cake, fruit juices and vegetables, which are key export products.

In 2018, Ukraine ranked fourth in terms of exports of organic products to the EU, behind China, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. It should be noted that the Dominican Republic and Ecuador supply the EU with almost exclusively tropical products: 90% of exports are tropical fruits, fresh or dried, nuts and spices.

In total, imported organic products account for about 2% of total imports of agri-food products to the EU.

On May 20, the European Commission published the EU strategy "From farm to fork", which provides for an increase in land for organic production to 25% of agricultural land by 2030. Currently, this figure is about 8%.