The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the concept of the State Farming Development Program of Ukraine, submitted by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine. This is a key initiative of the line Ministry and the Government, aimed to promote the activity of small and medium-sized businesses in the countryside, the creation of new jobs and the development of rural areas.
While presenting benchmarks of the program, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Maxym Martyniuk noted that the potential of the farmers' movement in Ukraine is extraordinary. On conditions of raising the efficiency of farms, the state may additionally receive up to 1.5 million tons of crop. And the implementation of the program provisions will allow in a 3-years’ period a fivefold increase in the number of workplaces in rural areas, a 10% renewal of agricultural machinery annually, first of all due to the use of domestic production technology, expanding the area of lands for organic crops and growing the number of livestock farms.
The support tools are offered to divide into two groups - financial and land. At that, into the financial tools should fall cheaper loans, agricultural insurance, as well as the introduction of subsidies for new farms.
The program's coordinator, at the suggestion of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, is appointed Deputy Minister for Farming Development.
Commenting on the presented initiatives, Head of Government Volodymyr Groysman said: "Growth record is rather good. Our goal is to make the most of this resource. And I, as the Prime Minister, guarantee full support for farming. There is an action program, funds are also available - we will provide UAH 1 billion. I want us to show success in the next year."