Export of stone fruits increased twice last year.
In 2016 there was a clear trend of export recovery of the stone fruits produced in Ukraine. As of 2016 production in Ukraine amounted to 509.8 thous. tons where the largest share, 43%, was occupied by sour cherries and cherries, share of 35% was occupied by plums. In total 1,879 tons or 0.4% of gross output were supplied to the foreign market.
Last year the Ukrainian farming units produced 156.4 thous. tons of sour cherries and 63.3 thous. tons of cherries, where 3.2 thous. tons of sour cherries and 2.7 thous. tons of cherries were collected by the enterprises. Therefore, 95% of the cherry market and 97% of the sour cherry in Ukraine are provided by the households retaining high potential for commercialization of this industry.
Logistics of the market in terms of foreign trade of the stone products changed its direction. If in 2013 99% of sour cherries and cherries (more than 4 thous. tons) were exported to the Russian Federation, in 2016 the supplies were mainly made to Belarus (1.6 thous. tons) which four years ago was not included in the top importing countries.