“Ukraine should not be only a breadbasket. We
must sell ready products and conquer foreign markets”, urged Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk during An Hour of Questions to the Government at the
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Friday, July 17.
The Prime Minister stressed that cooperation
in the agricultural sector is among the key areas assessing the results of the
first Ukraine – U.S. Investment Conference.
"Ukraine is the country that can actually
dictate the terms on the global agricultural product markets. Together with the
United States of America we are capable to determine the global food policy",
According to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, to achieve
this we need significant investment flows: "In the scope of cooperation
with the U.S. Ukraine needs updated equipment and advanced technologies".
He informed that to purchase new machinery our American partners consider
an issue of extended financing of programs to buy advanced and qualitative
equipment for Ukrainian agriculture area at a very low interest rates through
Export-Import Bank of the United States.
"This procedure is now being considered. And I hope that the
Ukrainian agricultural sector will obtain cheap long-term loans to purchase foreign
high-quality equipment," he added.
Besides, with partners from the U.S.A. and Canada there was discussed construction
of joint factories in Ukraine to produce agricultural machinery: “An agricultural
state will have the potential to increase yields, raise competitiveness and demonstrate
the entire world that we are not the breadbasket, but we are the country that
is willing to sell added value - prepared foods and conquer foreign