The Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal held a working meeting with representatives of the agricultural sector on the development of farms.
The meeting gathered together Mykola Solsky, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Agrarian Policy and Land Relations, Mykola Stryzhak, President of the Association of Farmers and Private Landowners of Ukraine, Ivan Slobodyanyk, Chairman of the Agro-Food Council and Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Congress of Farmers, Taras Vysotsky, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture.
The agrarians submitted proposals to the Prime Minister on the development of the industry, in particular proposed to determine it as one of the priorities in working with the EU, which will allow attracting additional funding from European partners.
During the meeting, Denys Shmyhal, in particular, said that while amending the budget, the Government and the Verkhovna Rada had initiated to preserve UAH 4 billion funding to support agricultural producers.
"Especially for micro- and small businesses, those people who work directly on land. These UAH 4 billion are distributed into a number of programs, directly for support, to repay interest on loans. Moreover, on April 22, the Government amended the procedure for using the funds provided in the state budget to support the development of farms. This important document will be signed in the near future," the Prime Minister stressed.
Moreover, Denys Shmyhal focused on the problems of drought in Odesa region. In particular, the participants tackled the mechanisms of insurance support for farm crops. "We want to hear small farmers and understand what they need in the first place," concluded Denys Shmyhal.