Ukrainian producers of agricultural products are entering the European market with new products, says Deputy Agrarian Policy and Food Minister of Ukraine Olha Trofimtseva to Ukrinform on the sidelines of the largest trade fair International Green Week in Berlin: “Our producers are gradually studying the European market and entering it with new products.”
She spoke about new products that include mushrooms, butter and other dairy products. Previously, these products were not available at all or in very small quantities. She also said how she hoped Ukrainian producers would again reach their garlic quotas, as they did in 2017.
As for products that are in demand, such as honey, juice, the annual quotas for which are taken in a matter of weeks, the situation can change. In general, Trofimtseva sees "good prospects" in terms of cooperation with the EU. Bilateral trade in the agricultural sector is growing, and the free trade area "works for two parties." “We are pleased with both trade and cooperation aspects,” the deputy minister summed up.
According to her, for 11 months of last year, the agricultural and food trade turnover between Ukraine and the EU increased by 11% or $778.6 million compared to the corresponding period in 2017 and reached $8.01 billion. At the same time, the Ukrainian agricultural exports to the EU countries increased by $362.3 million and reached $5.6 billion. The EU is among the five major trade partners of Ukraine in agriculture.