REUTERS Acting Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Olha Trofimtseva says the country in January-February 2019 boosted farm produce exports by 24.4% year-over-year (y-o-y), to US$3.5 billion. "In January-February 2019, compared with the same period of 2018, exports of agricultural products increased by $683.8 million, which accounted for 24.4% of the total amount of exports at UAH 3.5 billion," the ministry&#39;s press service quoted Trofimtseva as saying on April 2. According to the official, the share of agricultural and food products in Ukraine&#39;s total exports was 43.9%. At the same time, over the period under review, maize exports were in the lead (33.6% of the total shipments of agricultural products from Ukraine), those of sunflower, safflower or cottonseed oil accounted for 20.13%, as well as the share of wheat and wheat rye mixture exports was 11.84%. Read alsoUkrainian farmers launch sunflower sowing campaign In addition, in the two months, maize exports grew significantly, that is by $528 million, or by 84.4%; exports of wheat grew by almost $90 million (by 27.8%); oil meal and other solid waste from the production of sunflower oil – by 55.8 million (by 39.7%); rapeseed – by $30.2 million (by 82.1%); soybean meal and other solid waste from soybean oil production – by $26.2 million, or by 2.1 times. "If we consider the regional structure of agricultural products exports, most of all in the two months of this year, we exported to the Asian countries (shipments totaled $1.38). Then come the European Union states ($1.25 billion), African countries ($559 million), and the CIS countries ($217 million)," Trofimtseva added. Key buyers of Ukrainian farm produce in January-February 2019 were India (9.6%), Turkey (7.8%), the Netherlands (7.4%), Spain (6.7%), China (5.8%), Italy (3.8%), Poland (3.3%), as well as Germany and Belarus (2.9% each). As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine in 2018 increased the foreign trade turnover of agricultural products by $1.7 billion from 2017, to $24.3 billion, including $18.8 billion in agri-food exports, according to Ukraine&#39;s Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry.