Analysts at the Fruit-Inform Project have noted this week that Ukraine's apple imports have fallen fivefold through the first seven months of the apple season, as the country swings towards net exporter status for the category.

Throughout the seven-month period, Ukraine's apple exports were 70 per cent higher than its imports, Fruit-Inform project revealed.

'For the first time in its independent history, Ukraine was a net exporter of apples over the first seven months of a season,' said Andriy Yarmak, head of the project. 'This was due to last year's domestic production growth with simultaneous decreases in most production countries of the world.

'This is a result of serious efforts in apple production development and huge investments made by Ukrainian entrepreneurs over the last 6-7 years,' he added.