“According to the recent data, the sowing campaign of early spring grain crops has
been fulfilled in the area of 1.7 million hectares or more than 66% of the
forecast. Moreover, barley was planted in the area of 1.2 million hectares
(64%), wheat – 121 thousand hectares (70%), oats – 145 thousand hectares (66%),
peas– 160 thousand hectares (86%). The sowing campaign of early grain crop is
completed in Khmelnytsky Region, and the Chernivtsi and Vinnytsa Regions
are also approaching the completion. In the north and the west of the
country, the sowing campaign was constrained by weather conditions, and the
planting has just started. Additionally, the planting of industrial crops has
also started, namely: sugar beets – 44%, and sunflowers – 4%”, Oleksii Pavlenko, the Minister of
Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, stressed in his speech at the meeting
of the Government.
The Minister noted that the inspection of winter grain crops
evidenced that only 3% of crops had been lost out of the total planted area of
7.1 million hectares while 6.9 million hectares of sown land was in good and
“What regards the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions
under the control of Ukraine, spring grain, and leguminous crops were planted
at the rate of 62% and 38% of the forecasted areas, accordingly. The total sown
area in 2016 is expected to reach the area of 26.5 million hectares or
similarly to the level of 2015”, the Minister added.
The Minister further reported that the need for
funding to carry out the spring field works in the current year amounted to UAH
79.2 billion, or 17% more than in 2015 (UAH 67.6 billion). Farmers are going to
raise UAH 66.6 billion of their own funds for the sowing campaign while the sum
worth UAH 12.3 billion is to be covered by loans.
Speaking about the financing of the agricultural sector, Oleksii Pavlenko added that in
the previous year the Ministry of Agrarian Policy ad Food of Ukraine managed to
attract nearly 10 billion UAH to support small and medium businesses.
“In this regard, the Government has allocated UAH 300
million budget funds to refund the rates on credits, thus enabling 3 600 small and medium producers to get preferential
loans in the amount of UAH 7.8 billion. Moreover, in 2015, 15 international aid
projects have started and were implemented in 2015 for the total of UAH 2
billion. The aim of these projects was to support farmers and cooperatives in
horticulture and in meat and dairy industry. I would like to stress that,
in 2016 we are going to double the support to UAH 20 billion. It means that we
will step up the support by the means of UAH 12 billion in loans from the
European Investment Bank”, Oleksii Pavlenko stressed.