Batkivshchyna Party Leader Yulia Tymoshenko believes that the opening of the land market in Ukraine under the current conditions is unacceptable, and instead the new government should reform the agrarian sector through the development of small and medium agricultural production and state support of the industry.
“Ukraine has chosen a fundamentally wrong way of developing the agrarian sector. You can’t make land a commodity and sell it under the hammer, because it will mean that our farmers and agricultural producers will not be able to compete to purchase their own land and will be pushed out by large world capital,” Yulia Tymoshenko said on the program “Freedom of Speech” on ICTV channel.
According to the politician, Ukraine is the leader in supplying raw materials to world markets and is not obtaining proper profits from the processing of raw materials into finished products. The sale of land will mean the destruction of the state’s economic strategy.
“Today, Ukraine receives 18 billion euros annually from the export of raw materials, while in Europe they get ten times more income per hectare of land of lower quality,” she stressed.
The parliamentarian emphasized that this is why the new government in Ukraine must develop the correct sequence of reforms, in particular to support family farming, small and medium-sized agricultural producers.
“First we have to create a minimum of 2.5 million farms like in Poland, small and medium-sized agricultural production, give them normal European loans, provide everything they need, and only then – like in France – farmers permanently living on the land are provided land on an exclusive basis, and the land can become the property of those people who live and work on it,” she explained.
The Head of the Batkivshchyna Party also pointed out the need to perform an inventory of land, introduce a universal tax system – a fixed tax per hectare of land, and open strong support programs for farmers, agricultural and agricultural machinery producers.