Agricultural companies operating on the Ukrainian market for over three years would be able to buy farmland which they lease as of the date of the opening of the market, October 1, 2029, Head of the Verkhovna Rada committee for agricultural policy and land relations Mykola Solsky (the Servant of the People parliamentary faction) has said.
“There are more than 1,300 enterprises that have been operating in Ukraine for years, investing in Ukrainian land, infrastructure, creating jobs, and belong, including to foreigners. For this category of legal entities, only those that have been engaged in agricultural business for at least three years in Ukraine, and only for the amount of land that they cultivate at the time the law comes into force, which they have in the contracts,” he said at a briefing in the Verkhovna Rada on Friday.
In the near future, the land committee intends to consider 11 land bills that are registered in the Rada, Solsky said.
According to him, the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture is currently considering the introduction of a limit on government support in the framework of budget support for 2020, estimated at UAH 4.4 billion, at the level of UAH 5 million per person or a group of affiliated persons.
Deputy Minister of Economy, Trade and Agriculture Taras Vysotsky, in turn, noted the need to include all the information about state-owned land in the register of the State Service for Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre by August 1, 2020.
“By the end of the year, we will enter information on 1 million hectares of state-owned land, and before August we will have to add another 0.5 million hectares. We are in line with the schedule,” Vysotsky said.
He said that it is planned to hold 18 regional forums devoted to the land market.