The Ukrainian Agribusiness Club association considers it necessary to include drones and equipment for elevators in the list of compensable agricultural machinery.
According to a press release of the association, Ukrainian agrarians in 2017 used a little more than UAH 134 million as part of the program to compensate the cost of equipment for UAH 550 million. Under this mechanism, agricultural enterprises purchased about 80 tractors, one harvester, more than 2,000 units of tillage and sowing equipment for the total amount of UAH 804.3 million.
“We propose to expand the list of equipment that falls under the compensation program. For example, add unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for agriculture or equipment for elevator farming,” the coordinator of the association technical committee, Oleh Nesterov, said.
The volume of funds under the program of reimbursement for the cost of machinery and equipment in 2018 increased from UAH 550 million to UAH 945 million.
At the same time, according to Nesterov, the doubling of this amount looks illogical, even taking into account the fact that the machinery market in the past year doubled.
The position of the technical committee on the state support program is to amend the existing procedure for allocating funds.
The association proposes to expand the list of equipment and machinery covered by the compensation program.