China-Ukraine trade during the first quarter grew by one third yoy, to $4.2 billion

, the Economy Ministry press office reported after Ministry officials met Thursday with China’s ambassador to Ukraine, Fan Xianrong. Trade Representative Taras Kachka said: “The Chinese side is interested in increasing supplies of Ukrainian soybeans, peas, barley, wheat, poultry and other products.” Ukraine’s State Consumer Service has said it is working to increase the export to China of Ukrainian chicken, flour, fish, eggs, apples, blueberries, and cherries.

Ukraine increased its exports to China during the first two months of this year by 44% yoy,

 Taras Kachka, Ukraine’s Trade Representative, said after meeting with China’s ambassador Fan Xiangong. Overall, Ukraine’s trade rose 18%, to $2.5 billion, with China, the nation’s largest trading partner. One focus of the meeting was to expand the access of Ukrainian food product to the Chinese market. Food accounts for 53% of Ukraine’s exports to China, reports Ukraine’s Economy Ministry.

Ukraine could double and even triple grain exports to China,

said Mykola Gorbachev, the President of the Ukrainian Grain Association after signing a cooperation agreement with China’s Association of Small and Medium Enterprises. Noting that Ukraine already has exported 10 million tons of grain to China since June, he said: “Today, the lion’s share of grain exports to China is corn and barley.” The next step is to sign bilateral sanitary agreements with China for “wheat, sorghum, peas and other crops,” he said. The two groups agreed to establish a Sino-Ukrainian Council