On July 30, a working group meeting chaired by Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Victor Sheremeta took place under the FAO (Food Agriculture Organization) technical assistance project “Support to ensure the transition to more effective and relevant agricultural advisory services in Ukraine”.
FAO Development Program Coordinator in Ukraine Mikhail Malkov, representatives of the United Nations Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) project, experts of the EU project Support To Agricultural and Food Policy Implementation, experts of the USAID project Support for Agriculture and Rural Development, experts of German-Ukrainian agro-political dialogue, representatives of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, concerned associations and public organizations also participated in the event.
“Advisory services is an effective tool for the implementation of the Government policy in agriculture and rural development sector. That is why it is critical to work together with FAO, line associations, NGOs to develop a new model of advisory services, taking into account the acquired experience and that of other countries”, Victor Sheremeta emphasized.
Moreover, the Deputy Minister added that the state, the public and associations should work in public-private partnerships.
“This year, as part of financial support to farms, the sum worth UAH 5 million had been planned for partial reimbursement of agricultural advisory services related to the provision of various advisory services. Accordingly, the state structure should coordinate and control this process. Success and development of small business in the countryside also depend on that”, the Deputy Minister said.
Besides, representatives of the FAO project briefed the attendees on the terms of reference for the working group to develop a functionally effective and sustainable model of advisory services in Ukraine and presented key indicators to identify best advisory practices and experiences.
Moreover, during the meeting, participants expressed their vision of the development of advisory services and decided, together with associations and civil groups, to submit their proposals to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food to reform their advisory services.