A new agrarian policy needed before opening of the land market

23:33 14.06.2019

Batkivshchyna Party Leader Yulia Tymoshenko says the agricultural land market should not be opened until there is legislation that would allow Ukrainian agrarians to freely buy out the land and work on it to revive the national economy.

“I am categorically against the position expressed by the candidate at the top of the Servant of the People party list about the opening of the land market. It frightens me that they publicly and clearly stated that they will start selling agricultural land. I am convinced that once the President and his team understand what is happening with agricultural land, they will change their mind,” Yulia Tymoshenko said on the program “Great Evening” on channel NewsOne, commenting on the statement by the leader of the Servant of the People party Dmytro Razumkov about the prospects of lifting the moratorium on the sale of agricultural land.

The politician noted that 95% of agricultural land in Israel is state-owned, 90% in Canada, 60% in France, and 50% in the United States, while in Ukraine is it only 35%. She believes that if the sale of agricultural land is allowed, “all farmers and small and medium producers will end up without land.”

“Firstly, villagers do not have the money to buy land at auctions. Secondly, there are land monopolies in Ukraine where large amounts of land are in the hands of clans. And if you open the market now, then big monopolies will get the land and the small and medium land owners will end up completely landless,” she warned.

According to the Head of the Batkivshchyna Party, Ukraine needs a completely new state policy on the agrarian complex. First, large plots of land that are in the hands of the agrarian monopolies should be demonopolized. Second, agrarians should have access to affordable loans at 2-4% annual interest. Also, Ukraine should move to exporting finished products.

“We need to do everything to make the land profitable for Ukrainians and so that Ukrainians consume eco-friendly products,” she said.

That is why Yulia Tymoshenko emphasized that at her next meetings with the President she will try to convince him that the land market should not be opened under the current conditions.

“The president needs to familiarize himself with this issue and not allow such statements to be made,” said the politician.