take the lead on the global food market. And for this purpose the Government
announces a new food policy, targeting expanding foreign markets and supplying of
the products of domestic origin to the domestic market of Ukraine", said Prime
Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk presenting the Action Program of the
Cabinet of Ministers at the Cabinet’s meeting on Tuesday, December 9.
inadmissible when an agrarian country number one in Europe buys as imports half
of the products. We must not import, but export instead," he said.
proposes, apart from the export of agricultural products, particularly grain – to
export processed products, "For this purpose we need to make a number of
serious changes, in particular on a land market and in the agricultural
"We have set a
task to prepare the law of Ukraine on the land market, but our key goals are approval
of the law on the long-term lease of land and completion of forming of the
state land cadastre, which is presently completed only by 5%, unfortunately. Without
these two items, to ensure effective development of the agricultural sector proves
impossible," said the Prime Minister.
Among the top priorities
of the Government is considered the development of small and medium enterprises
in rural areas, "The Government submits to the Parliament the law on local
agricultural markets. Small businesses in rural areas should receive appropriate
local agricultural markets on which to sell their products in order to ensure the
needs inside Ukraine, and the mechanisms of compensation of the interest rates
for small agricultural enterprises, procurement of agricultural machinery, oil
external vector, the Government, according to Arseniy Yatseniuk, sets as one of
the tasks creating and promoting of an agricultural brand "Produced in
The Prime Minister
also said that the Cabinet of Ministers planned to radically change both management
system and approaches in the administration of the State Food and Grain Corporation
and Public joint stock company "Agrarian Fund".
In addition, the Government
submits to the Parliament a new draft law on the State material reserve "with
a function to ensure food security of the state as well", and a new
redaction of the law on the state support of agriculture.