The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted the Resolution “On Approval of the Concept of Development of Farmers and Agricultural Cooperatives for 2018-2020”. The concept is aimed at creating organizational, legal and financial prerequisites for the development of farms and agricultural cooperatives, improving the financial and financial position of the rural population.
This is reported by the press-service of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy.
The document was prepared by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy in close cooperation with the Association of Farmers and Private Landowners, the largest professional association of farmers in Ukraine.
“We must raise Ukrainian agriculture to a completely new level of quality. This will create new jobs in the countryside, saturate the domestic Ukrainian market with quality products and make a significant contribution to the development of the national economy, “said Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman, pointing out the importance of adopting the Concept.
Introducing the draft Concept to the members of the Government, the First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Maxim Martynyuk noted that systemic state support will allow to realize the production and social potential of farms, promote the development of rural areas and increase the production of agricultural products with high added value.
“The introduction of systemic support for farming will increase the production of gross agricultural output by two times in three years to 12% and develop the processing of raw materials within the country. This will ensure an increase in foreign exchange earnings from agrarian exports and increase margin for economic entities, “the First Deputy Minister of Agricultural Policy emphasized.
He also emphasized that the support program is not declarative, but is backed by a significant financial resource. “Next year, the Government proposes to place a record amount in the state budget for the support of farms – 1 billion hryvnia. In addition, other areas of support continue to operate, in particular, provision of preferential loans, partial compensation of the cost of agricultural machinery and equipment, and cheapening of loans. “
The program includes financial instruments for supporting the production of livestock products, horticulture, viticulture and processing of agricultural products, cheapening of agri-loans and agro-insurance and support for beginners.
It is also planned to hold special land auctions for the right to lease lands for horticulture viticulture, hops and cultivation of organic produce.
As a result of the implementation of the Concept, it is expected to increase the share of farms in the production of gross agricultural products to 12%, the growth of the number of jobs in five times – from 100 thousand. Up to 0500000, technical re-equipment of farmers, an increase of 10% of the area under organic crops.
The concept is to encourage farmers to acquire farmer status and bring farmers into cooperatives.