Government plans program worth UAH 9.6 billion to extend last year’s loans to farmers and issue new ones for sowing — Ministry of Agrarian Policy
The Ministry of Agrarian Policy understands how important it is for Ukrainian agricultural producers to continue working in the conditions of war, because this affects not only the economy of Ukraine, but also food security in the world overall. Ihor Vishtak, Director of the Agrarian Development Department of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, made this statement at a briefing at Media Center Ukraine — Ukrinform.
“In the pre-war years, Ukraine provided food for more than 400 million people in African and partly Asian countries, and this food mostly went to some of the poorest countries. Ensuring the work of our farmers must be mandatory to avoid a food crisis in the world,” — Vishtak said.
The representative of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy also talked about the obstacles that the Ukrainian producers face and how the state helps them.
“First of all, there is a military problem: you can sow some crops, but there is no assurance that you will reap them. Currently over 2 million hectares of our land is mined. The second issue is the availability of resources. Taking into account the change in logistics routes, the priorities have also changed. Currently, the government has planned more than UAH 16 billion in the budget for the credit program, of which the lion’s share — UAH 9.6 billion — is specifically for agricultural workers. This will make it possible to partially extend the loans that were taken out last year, as well as issue new loans for sowing,” — Vishtak said.
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