The deputy of the Zhytomyr Regional Council from the OPPOSITION BLOC Natalia Rybak stated this after a meeting with the community of the Chernyakhiv district.
As is known, from July 1, Ukraine will begin to operate a ban on the sale of second-class milk. But the extra milk, higher and first quality milk will remain.
"Milk, which is purchased directly on small farms or simply from villagers, is considered second-rate, because it allegedly is too in contact with the air and can be contaminated through the very method of manual milking. To increase the quality of milk, you need to buy a milking machine, and this is more than a thousand dollars. How an ordinary Ukrainian villager, in the opinion of our government, can afford such a luxury? Our officials, before accepting such prohibitions, should think about how this will affect ordinary citizens: some of them will remain without additional earnings, and others – without the opportunity to buy good milk for their families. Such milk which each of us drank in the childhood and grew absolutely healthy person", Natalia Rybak noted.
This decision was made in accordance with the requirements of the European Union in 2015, but it was to enter into force from the beginning of this year. However, the start of the new standard was postponed for another six months. Also, the state budget for 2018 provides funds for targeted programs to support agricultural production, and the Ministry of Agrarian Policy promised to partially compensate for the cost of purchasing milking machines. However, the date of the commencement of the ban is not far off, and small farms and villagers do not see any real support from the state. Therefore, it is not surprising that the deputy of the Zhytomyr Regional Council, having communicated with the residents of the Chernyakhiv district, heard a lot of indignations towards the actions of the government and the fears of people to lose additional earnings.
Already returning to Zhytomyr, Natalia Rybak walked through the ranks of the milk pavilion at the Zhytniy market and talked to local saleswomen. Women are also unhappy with the introduction of new standards, because they are sure as their milk and other dairy products - the sanitary and epidemiological service checks the goods on a daily basis and issues a corresponding passport.
"People who sell milk today from their farms are ready to go under the walls of the government, if necessary. In fact, such a prospect does not please them, nor me, as a deputy. Nevertheless, I understand why they have similar thoughts. Peasants, small farmers, these women – they all work hard to sell townspeople quality milk and cheese without any preservatives and do not consider their products a second grade. But the actions of the authorities are called nothing more than the destruction of Ukrainians," Natalia Rybak said.
According to the opposition MP, now the government needs to hurry with the fulfillment of its obligations and to financially support small farm and individual farms as soon as possible.
"The new dairy standard will not affect the activities of only large farms. Yet the rest were under attack and the state should help them to adapt. This can be compensation for loans to the population for which it will be possible to purchase milking machines, or purchase and leasing of such equipment. In any case, the government should understand that demanding that the Ukrainian peasants and farmers raise the quality of milk, one should expect demands in response and be ready to provide all the necessary support to farms so as not to take the path of destroying the agricultural industry as such," Natalia Rybak stressed.