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UKRAINIAN AGRARIANS RECEIVE OVER UAH 1 BLN UNDER PROGRAM ON REDUCING COST OF LOANS

According to the preliminary results of the implementation of the state program of financial support for activities in the agro-industrial complex by reducing the cost of loans in 2020, almost UAH 1.05 billion out of UAH 1.2 billion planned for 2020 was compensated to agrarians, the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture said in a statement, published on its website on Tuesday.
“This year, under the program on reducing the cost of loans in the agricultural sector, UAH 24.8 billion were attracted. During the reporting period, more than 4,200 agricultural enterprises took advantage of the program. Due to this additional funding, they were able to update lines for the production and processing of agricultural products, build storages for vegetables, fruits and berries, and cover other production costs,” Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture Ihor Petrashko said.
According to the ministry, the top five regions in terms of loan compensation included Odesa (UAH 91.6 million), Kharkiv (UAH 71 million), Ternopil (UAH 68.9 million), Vinnytsia (UAH 66.5 million) and Cherkasy (UAH 65.4 million).
The Economy Ministry said that in October this year, the parliament adopted in the second reading bill No. 3295, which allows farmers to receive partial compensation for loans raised to replenish working capital. In pursuance of this law, the Economy Ministry is preparing appropriate amendments in the procedure for the use of funds (resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 300).
As reported, under the budget program of financial support for agricultural producers in the direction of financial support for activities in the agro-industrial complex by reducing the cost of loans in 2020, some UAH 1.2 billion are provided.
Of the total number of authorized banks that signed a memorandum on general principles of cooperation with the Economy Ministry (36 banks), some 33 banks participate in providing compensation for loans.

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UKRAINIAN AGRARIANS RECEIVE UAH 762 MLN OF PARTIAL COMPENSATION FOR LOAN INTEREST

The Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine allocated UAH 762 million of partial compensation for loan interest to agricultural producers out of UAH 1.2 billion, the amount of state support planned for these needs in 2020.
According to a report on the ministry’s website, the total amount of loans attracted by agro-industrial complex exceeded UAH 74 billion, of which soft loans (subject to compensation) are UAH 17.6 billion, including the types of loans: short-term 45.8%, medium-term 24,5%, long-term 29.7%; and the types of activities of borrowers: livestock industry 17.1%, and other industries 82.9%.
The average interest rates of banks, at which the subjects of the agro-industrial complex attracted loans, amounted to 14-16% per annum.
As reported, under the budget program of financial support for agricultural producers in the direction of financial support for activities in the agro-industrial complex by reducing the cost of loans in 2020, some UAH 1.2 billion are provided. For the period of January-September, 63.5% of the planned was actually used.
Of the total number of authorized banks that signed a memorandum on general principles of cooperation with the Ministry of Economy (34 banks), 32 banks participate in providing compensation for loans.

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UKRAINIAN AGRARIANS COMPLETING AUTUMN SOWING CAMPAIGN

Ukrainian agrarians as of November 5 had sowed 7 million hectares with winter grains with the projected area being 7.2 million hectares for the 2019 harvest.
According to a report on the website of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, 6 million hectares of the area were sown with winter wheat, with the forecast being 6.2 million hectares, 120,000 hectares with rye with the forecast standing at 150,000 hectare, and 870,000 hectares with winter barley with the forecast being 870,000 hectares.
In addition, one million hectares were sown with winter rapeseeds, with a forecast of 890,000 hectares.
“We are reaching the projected result of 7.2 million hectares under winter crops for grain. As of November 5, about 150,000 hectares more were sown than on the same date last year,” First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Maksym Martyniuk said on Facebook.
According to him, the work was carried out within the best terms, the level of soil moisture was sufficient both for sowing and to ensure the best conditions for growth and development.
“The availability of material and technical resources was at the level or above the need. The availability of mineral fertilizers for the autumn field work amounted to 776,000 tonnes or 108% of the application, in particular phosphate fertilizers amounted to 207,000 tonnes (109% of the need),” Martyniuk reported.

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