Business news from Ukraine

Farmers in 2022 attracted UAH 47.7 bln of loans under program “Affordable loans 5-7-9”

In 2022, Ukrainian agricultural producers attracted 26,620 loans totaling UAH 47.74 million under the Affordable Loans 5–7–9 program, the website of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food reported on Thursday.
The report clarifies that from mid-March to May 31, 2022, a special program was in place for preferential lending for sowing crops, under which farmers could raise up to UAH 60 million at 0% per annum, and 80% was guaranteed by the state. In total, during the period of its work, agricultural entrepreneurs received UAH 38.51 billion in loans. Since June 1, applications for lending to the agricultural sector have been accepted within the framework of the usual 5-7-9 program.
With its help, small and medium-sized agricultural entrepreneurs receive loans for the purchase of fixed assets and reimbursement of any expenses associated with the implementation of agricultural activities. The program is also aimed at creating jobs in enterprises.
In total, for the period June 1-July 21, Ukrainian banks allocated UAH 9.19 billion to 8.53 thousand agrarians and farmers, including UAH 443.8 thousand under the portfolio guarantee program.
The leaders in terms of lending for this period were Kyiv – UAH 1.540 billion, Khmelnytsky – UAH 1 billion, Kirovohrad – UAH 0.66 billion, Vinnitsa and Poltava – UAH 0.61 billion each.
The largest lending volumes for the specified period came from: Raiffeisen Bank – UAH 3.29 billion, Oschadbank – UAH 1.71 billion, PrivatBank – UAH 1.18 billion, Ukrgasbank – UAH 0.91 billion, Ukreximbank – UAH 0.61 billion.
“The government and the Ministry of Agrarian Policy are well aware of how important it is for farmers to receive preferential loans during the war. Therefore, we are working on launching new credit lines for farmers, and we also expect that in the near future the conditions for paying the body of the loan on preferential lending will be extended from 6 to 12 months,” the ministry quotes its first deputy minister, Taras Vysotsky.

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LOANS TO FARMERS FOR SOWING IN 2022 IN WAR CONDITIONS EXCEED UAH 31 BLN – MINISTRY

Ukrainian banking institutions from the middle of March to May 25, under the government program to support the sowing season 2022, provided loans to farmers for a total of UAH 31.5 billion, including loans and portfolio guarantees for UAH 3.4 billion.
According to the data published on the website of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, 80% (UAH 20.3 billion) of loans provided were portfolio guarantees, while a total of 13,060 agricultural producers received access to financing (last week it was 1,740).
Most loans for the sowing season were attracted by farmers of Kirovohrad (UAH 4.91 billion), Kyiv (UAH 3.37 billion), Vinnytsia (UAH 2.92 billion), Dnipropetrovsk (UAH 2.52 billion) and Odesa regions (UAH 2.48 billion).
According to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, loans up to UAH 60 million as part of the support for the 2022 sowing season are issued at 0% per annum (under the government financial support program Affordable Loans 5-7-9%). The term of such lending is up to six months, and after its completion, the interest rate for borrowers will be 5% per annum. Such financing can be used by farmers who fall under the definition of an agricultural producer.

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PRIVATBANK ISSUES UAH 6 BLN IN LOANS TO AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS FOR SOWING CAMPAIGN

State-controlled PrivatBank (Kyiv) issued UAH 6 billion in loans to 2,300 agricultural producers for the sowing campaign, the bank’s press service reported on Saturday.
“Ukrainian agricultural enterprises and farmers have already received UAH 6 billion of preferential loans for sowing from PrivatBank. Funding for spring work has been provided to 2,300 farms under the state program of preferential lending to agricultural producers,” the report says.
As reported, PrivatBank began issuing agricultural loans under the state support program on March 24. The program provides loans in the amount of up to UAH 5 million without collateral and insurance, as well as interest rate compensation, due to which customers pay 0% per annum with a one-time commission payment of up to 1% of the loan amount.
In order to receive a loan in the amount of more than UAH 5 million, the agricultural producer must additionally pledge agricultural machinery, which will provide at least 20% of the loan amount.
According to the statistics of the National Bank of Ukraine, as of January 1, 2022, PrivatBank ranked first in terms of total assets (UAH 582.85 billion) among 71 banks operating in the country.

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UKRAINE PLANS TO GET LOANS FROM ITALY AND GERMANY

Minister of Economy and Finance Daniele Franco confirmed an intention of the Italian government to provide Ukraine with a loan of EUR 200 million, Finance Minister of Ukraine Serhiy Marchenko said in an interview with Italian Corriere della sera following the recent talks in Washington at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.
“We are negotiating to receive funds on concessional terms: at 1% per annum, with a maturity of 15 years. In my opinion, other countries can also offer us loans on such concessional terms. Such financing would certainly help us,” Marchenko said.
He also thanked Italy, which was the first of all countries to provide Ukraine with EUR 110 million on grant terms at the very beginning of the war unleashed by Russia.
The Ukrainian Finance Minister said that the preparation of an agreement on the next EUR 150 million loan from Germany, which will help support Ukraine’s macro-financial stability, has also recently begun.
According to him, only last week Germany provided a EUR 150 million loan to support small and medium-sized businesses, an agreement on which was reached back in March 2020.
“Minister Christian Lindner also noted that they are considering providing us with military support in the amount of EUR 1 billion, but we expected from Germany no less financial support than that provided to us by the UK, Canada or the United States,” Marchenko said.
According to him, Kyiv has high hopes for funding from the IMF managed account. “We encourage partner countries to consider reallocating 10% of their Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) that they received from the IMF in August 2021 and have not yet used. We are mainly targeting EU countries. However, specific rules should be agreed with the European Union and European Central Bank (ECB),” the Minister of Finance explained.
According to him, the EU countries will consider this issue, as there may be some restrictions on the use of SDRs by the ECB.
“But I think that countries will try to find a legal solution with the ECB to make SDRs available to Ukraine. The IMF is also working with other countries to find out how the allocated SDR quotas can be used to support Ukraine,” the minister said.
As reported, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, in his speech at the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, indicated that the country needs support of up to $7 billion monthly, and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal noted that up to $5 billion is needed monthly to cover the budget deficit.

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UKRAINE PLANS TO ATTRACT LOANS OF EUR 200 MLN FROM ITALY, EUR 150 MLN FROM GERMANY – FINANCE MINISTER

Minister of Economy and Finance Daniele Franco confirmed an intention of the Italian government to provide Ukraine with a loan of EUR 200 million, Finance Minister of Ukraine Serhiy Marchenko said in an interview with Italian Corriere della sera following the recent talks in Washington at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.
“We are negotiating to receive funds on concessional terms: at 1% per annum, with a maturity of 15 years. In my opinion, other countries can also offer us loans on such concessional terms. Such financing would certainly help us,” Marchenko said.
He also thanked Italy, which was the first of all countries to provide Ukraine with EUR 110 million on grant terms at the very beginning of the war unleashed by Russia.
The Ukrainian Finance Minister said that the preparation of an agreement on the next EUR 150 million loan from Germany, which will help support Ukraine’s macro-financial stability, has also recently begun.
According to him, only last week Germany provided a EUR 150 million loan to support small and medium-sized businesses, an agreement on which was reached back in March 2020.
“Minister Christian Lindner also noted that they are considering providing us with military support in the amount of EUR 1 billion, but we expected from Germany no less financial support than that provided to us by the UK, Canada or the United States,” Marchenko said.
According to him, Kyiv has high hopes for funding from the IMF managed account. “We encourage partner countries to consider reallocating 10% of their Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) that they received from the IMF in August 2021 and have not yet used. We are mainly targeting EU countries. However, specific rules should be agreed with the European Union and European Central Bank (ECB),” the Minister of Finance explained.
According to him, the EU countries will consider this issue, as there may be some restrictions on the use of SDRs by the ECB.
“But I think that countries will try to find a legal solution with the ECB to make SDRs available to Ukraine. The IMF is also working with other countries to find out how the allocated SDR quotas can be used to support Ukraine,” the minister said.
As reported, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, in his speech at the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, indicated that the country needs support of up to $7 billion monthly, and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal noted that up to $5 billion is needed monthly to cover the budget deficit.

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JAPAN PROMISES TO INCREASE AMOUNT OF LOANS PROVIDED TO UKRAINE FROM $100 MLN TO $300 MLN

Japan has promised to increase the volume of loans provided to Ukraine from $100 million to $300 million, Western media reported, citing a statement by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Kisida noted that “support for the Ukrainian economy is an urgent task.”
Earlier Tuesday, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi promised that Tokyo would provide Ukraine with masks and clothing capable of protecting against chemical weapons, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles. The cargo will be shipped on commercial flights as soon as it’s ready, he added.

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