Within the framework of a working trip to Kherson region on September 10, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal got acquainted with the activities of the Institute of Irrigated Agriculture of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine. The Prime Minister is accompanied by Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Kryklii, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine Ihor Petrashko and Head of the Kherson Regional State Administration Yurii Gusev.
The PM heard the presentation "Development of irrigation - the foundation of the future of Kherson region." According to the Prime Minister, the deficit of moisture-providing has become the main hurdle to the growth of agricultural production in the south of the country.
"Strengthening the leading position of Ukraine in agricultural markets in the world is possible with an increase of irrigated land. Ukraine has great potential in the development of irrigation agriculture, but the available capacity is used only by 25%. Therefore, we have to increase the area of irrigation by modernizing the existing irrigation systems and building drip irrigation systems, " Denys Shmyhal said.
According to the Head of Government, such measures will increase yields in Kherson region at least by 2.5 times, contribute to GDP growth and create new jobs.
“Kherson region encompasses the best preserved water management complex and the largest areas under drip irrigation. Therefore, it can serve as an example in the construction of new and modern irrigation systems. The President has already commissioned the Government to expand the "Great Construction" program in order to build irrigation systems in the southern regions. Our common task is to use the available potential to reduce natural risks, "Denys Shmyhal underscored.