The State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection addressed the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety with a proposal to consider the possibility of launching Ukrainian potato exports to the European Union.
According to a news release by MENAFN-UkrinForm: “Ukraine fulfills its commitments under the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement, in particular, to adapt national legislation to the European potato growing sector legislation. We will continue to make every effort to open the EU market for Ukrainian potato growers,” said Vladyslava Mahaletska, Head of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection, during a meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian Association of Potato Producers.
Ukraine and its European colleagues are currently discussing the need to appoint in 2022 inspections by European experts to launch Ukrainian potato exports to the EU.
Ukraine is the fourth-largest potato producer in the world after China, India, and Russia. Ukraine also ranks 2nd worldwide in terms of per capita consumption of this product after Belarus. Ukrainians eat 139 kg of potatoes per person per year, while the world average is 33 kg per person per year.
In 2020, the gross yield of potatoes increased by 2.9% compared to 2019 and reached 20.9 million tonnes. At the same time, the area for potato planting also increased by 1.3% up to 1,325,000 hectares, showing an increase in yield compared to the previous year.