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CABINET OF MINISTERS TO ALLOCATE UAH 2.5 BLN TO BUILD DAIRY FARMS IN UKRAINE

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine allocates UAH 2.5 billion for construction of new dairy farms in Ukraine using the tool for distribution of funds to support the agro-industrial complex in 2018.
“We are sending UAH 2.5 billion for construction of dairy farms in the country. Using these funds we will provide loans to agro-industrial enterprises. The rate of these loans will be about 3% in hryvnias [with the term of up] to five years. This is enough, and all associations support this. Or we will compensate about 30% of the cost, if the credit resources of the commissioned facilities are not involved. Throughout this year, mass construction of farms, dairy complexes will begin. We will increase the number of livestock and the volume of products made,” Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said at a government meeting on Wednesday.
According to him, this year funds to support dairy livestock will be sent.
“We will compensate about UAH 1,500 per milk cow a year to all legal entities and manufacturers to increase milk production,” the prime minister said.
He said that now it is unprofitable to grow and keep cattle in the country, therefore the state plans to stimulate breeding of livestock.
The government plans to support gardeners and berry growers in 2018.
“Today’s decision means that 70% of the cost of planting material will be compensated by the state. The only requirement is that this planting material should be grown in Ukraine. We expect the creation of new gardens for 3,000 hectares,” the prime minister said.
This year UAH 1 billion is provided to support farmers. This money will be used to reduce the cost of loans for farms.
“Loans to farmers will be provided under the coordination of the Association of Farmers at 1% per annum in hryvnias. We plan the compensation for farmers of 40% of the cost of domestic agricultural machinery,” Groysman said.
In addition, the government allocates about UAH 1 billion for a program on compensation 20% of the cost of Ukrainian agricultural machinery to farmers.

EU PROVIDES EUR 17.23 MLN TO SUPPORT EDUCATION, SCIENCE, INNOVATIONS IN UKRAINE

Some 83 organizations from Ukraine, including higher education institutions, research organisations, and private sector, receives EUR 17.23 million from the EU within Horizon 2020 programme.
The EU Delegation to Ukraine wrote on its Facebook page that In total, 505 Ukrainian organizations participated in the preparation of 915 project proposals, expecting European Commission contribution of EUR 312.81 million.
These results classify Ukraine in the sixth place among Associated Countries in both: the number of participations, and gained contributions from European Commission.
“The potential of the country is bigger, though. Ukraine requires further reforms to create more favourable conditions for the intensification of cooperation between Ukrainian science and industry with partners from the EU and other countries involved in Horizon 2020,” the EU Delegation to Ukraine said.
Ukraine became a new member of Associated Countries (AC) in March 2015. Since then, Ukrainian organizations have been able to fully participate in Horizon 2020 on equal terms with the EU Member States and other ACs.

NUMBER OF TOURISTS IN KYIV GREW BY 21%

The number of tourists visited Kyiv in 2017 grew by some 21%, the press service of Kyiv City Council has reported, referring to head of the permanent commission for budget, social and economic development Andriy Strannikov.
The press service said that the number of foreign tourists rose by 25%, to 1.6 million people, and the number of domestic tourists – by 18%, to 850,000, which allowed attracting additional funds to the city budget. “The tourist tax amounted to UAH 25 million in 2017. This is a very good indicator, taking into account the fact that in 2016 this figure was UAH 18.8 million. Profits grew by almost a quarter,” Strannikov said.
According to the press service, a significant factor in attracting tourists last year was Eurovision song contest.
Kyiv City Council recalled that in 2018 in Kyiv will be the final matches of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Women’s Champions League 2017/2018. The expected number of tourists is 120,000.
In 2018, Kyiv plans to establish another tourist information center on the European Square, as well as create photo zones with 3D designs of tourism logos at the railway station and near the city hall.