In response to the grain embargo, Ukraine may ban the supply of Polish vegetables and fruits to its market. We are talking about the import of onions, tomatoes, cabbage and apples from Poland. The ban may be introduced within the next few days. However, the ban on the import of Polish vegetables and fruits will not affect prices. If necessary, it will be possible to import from other countries.
Svitlana Lytvyn, an analyst at the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UCAB), told RBC-Ukraine about this.
She explained that this year Ukrainian farmers planted and grew a sufficient number of vegetables throughout Ukraine, almost fully compensating for the volumes previously grown in the temporarily occupied south of Ukraine.
Therefore, a possible ban on the import of Polish vegetables and fruits will not affect prices in the Ukrainian market.
At the same time, there is a potential risk of supplying vegetables and fruits at the end of the season (spring or early summer).
"However, it is not only Poland that is engaged in the cultivation of vegetables and it is potentially possible to find other suppliers," Lytvyn said.
According to her, enough vegetables have been grown, but so far there is no understanding whether there are enough properly equipped warehouses for their storage. Some of these storage facilities were located in the cultivation zone in the south and are now temporarily occupied.
"Therefore, most likely there will be a traditional seasonal increase in prices for vegetables, starting from the middle of winter," the expert summed up.
To recap, Poland threatens Ukraine to expand the food embargo.