On March 31, 2020 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted bill No. 2178-10 “On Amending Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning the Turnover of Agricultural Land” in the second reading.
“For” the decision voted 259 deputies. The law comes into force on July 1, 2021 (postponed for a year compared to the previous version). According to the bill, the maximum land ownership for individuals is up to 100 ha, for legal entities (since 2024) – 10 thousand ha. The average cost of 1 ha of land in Ukraine will be $ 1-1.5 thousand after the launch of the land market, i.e. from July 1, 2021.
The very next day, on April 1, 2020 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine registered 12 draft resolutions on canceling the decision on adoption as a whole as law No. 2178-10. However, according to experts, cancellation of the adoption of the bill is unlikely.
A referendum on the sale of agricultural land to foreigners is expected before the end of 2020. But before it is necessary to adopt the law “On the referendum”. Its adoption is planned to begin no earlier than returning to full-fledged operation after quarantine.
The World Bank welcomes the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the law on the circulation of agricultural land as the first step towards creating a transparent and efficient agricultural land market in Ukraine. “But in order to fully protect the interests of Ukrainian people and ensure the transparent sale of land, we urge the adoption of a number of additional laws as soon as possible,” the bank said.
Agroliga, in its turn, is also pleased with the upcoming opening of the land market and is ready to act as a buyer. We are closely following the news and waiting for real mechanisms of financial support from the state.
In the meantime, life goes on. Spring sowing has begun, during which we have already sown barley on an area of 320 hectares. Such an insignificant amount is not associated with fears, but is a consequence of the current crop rotation. In a week, the start of sunflower sowing is planned. Our agronomists experience some concern about the low level of moisture in the soil, but the weather forecast, which promises prolonged rains, gives us hope.
Despite quarantine, work in our company is in full swing. With his arrival, we revised our attitude to the work of administrative employees in the remote work mode, mastered new mechanisms and tools of communication, re-evaluated all the charms of life before quarantine. We are looking for a positive and useful experience in everything that happens, and we have no doubt that everything will return to normal and be just fine.
With kind regards, team of GC “Agroliga”.