Traditionally, representing to your attention a brief overview of the world and Ukrainian agrarian sector news.

After confirming forecasts of a record corn crop, prices for these products have fallen sharply. A record harvest and duties created an oversupply of corn on the market. In addition, experts say, that the decline in export prices for corn at the port did not activate demand from importers, since cheaper US grain dominates on the world markets. Moreover, a good harvest in Romania and Serbia covers the deficit in Europe and does not allow to intensify domestic grain export in this direction. At the same time, farmers hope that Ukrainian corn will be in demand, particularly in Central Africa.

Sunflower stocks in Ukraine have increased in three times, and according to the State Statistics Committe, amounted to 1,834 thousand tons, significantly exceeding last year’s figure of 672 thousand tons.

The parliament registered the agrarian strategy of Ukraine. The draft law provides for a comprehensive vision of the development of the Ukrainian agricultural sector, which takes into consideration the interests of producers and the formation of such a policy for rural development, that would be aimed at sustainable development of rural areas and improve living standards of the rural population.

During 9 months of 2018, agricultural producers issued 514 agricultural receipts for a total of UAH 3.2 billion. In addition, for the entire period of implementation of agrarian receipts, agrarians were issued 696 receipts in the amount of 4.4 billion UAH, of which: commodity – 290 in the amount of 2.5 billion UAH, financial – 406 in the amount of 1.9 billion UAH. Agrarian receipts covered a wide range of areas of agriculture. This financial tool used by producers of grains and oilseeds, as well as those, who are engaged in agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry.

On the one hand, taking care, the Ukrainian parliament proposes to return quasi-accumulation for the agricultural sector in 2019. It is noted, that this practice will expand the scope of obtaining state support for all farmers. On the other hand, the deputies offered to return the 16% oil export duty. The bill No. 9202 on changes to the Law “On the rates of export duty on seeds of certain types of oilseeds” was registered in parliament on October 16. The initiative group proposes to set the export duty at 16% for flax seeds and camelina, as well as striped sunflower seeds and sunflower kernels, if these products are exported in primary packaging up to 25 kg.

The World Bank predicts a rise in agricultural land prices at the opening of the market up to $ 3.5 thousand. This was told by the Director of the World Bank for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova Satu Kahkonen in an interview with “Economic Pravda”. “Our team concluded, that at the first stage after the opening of the land market the price will be lower. Perhaps $ 1-1,5 thousand per ha. Over time, when the market becomes more mature, the price will rise up to $ 3-3.5 thousand per ha” she says. The World Bank Director in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova also gave a forecast regarding the future fate of the moratorium. “This question should be asked to the government and parliament. I hope the reform will happen quickly. The current status quo hurts the people. The moratorium is a profitable for a small part of people, who grow rich thanks to millions of land owners” she replied. From the point of view of Leonid Koreiba, Chairman of the Union of the Center for the Development of Land Relations in Ukraine “… the lifting of the moratorium is definitely necessary. Many questions, that directly affect this problem, remain unanswered. 7 million Ukrainians own the land under the plow. But their constitutional rights are violated, because they cannot sell their land, change the purpose. At the same time, the annual rental fee for units in Ukraine is on average $ 50-70, while in Europe it is $ 250-300 … “.

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