This was stated by the Co-Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC Yuriy Boyko during his working visit to the Rivne region. In the village of Basharivka he visited one of the most powerful dairy complexes in Western Ukraine and talked with villagers.
He noted that practically all Ukrainian farmers had the same problems. First of all, this is an increase in the tax burden. “Farmers are deprived of the preferential taxation regime that existed until 2016, and which, in fact, gave impetus to the development of agriculture. When it was canceled under pressure from the IMF, at the same time farmers were deprived of approximately 20 billion working capital. This means that they are unable to buy equipment, plant protection products, etc. This is a disaster and it happened almost all over the country. Therefore, a preferential taxation regime must be returned, because this is a measure that has confirmed its effectiveness and ensured the stability of the development of the agrarian sector,” the opposition politician said.
“The second question that people ask is the zero VAT rate for import of heifers. When the state policy on development of breeds is practically absent, it is clear that at the first stage they should be imported, and then to develop own ones,” Yuriy Boyko said.
Commenting on the problem of raiding, the parliamentarian noted that for the Rivne region it is not so characteristic, but for the Central and East of Ukraine this is a real challenge.
“Under the “covering” of the Ministry of Justice and law enforcement agencies there are gangs that re-form the land, come to the fields and take away the crops from people. All this has become a national problem. In fact, ¾ of farmers in the country are afraid that they will be taken away the harvest, and they live with this load,” the Co-Chairman of the opposition faction stressed.
Concerning the production of fertilizers, he noted the necessity to reduce the price of gas for the reduction of their production costs. “There are five fertilizer producing companies in the country. When the prices for gas were raised – the cost of fertilizers was also increased. Therefore, the state’s task is to reduce gas prices, so that fertilizers become cheaper and available to villagers, so that there is no increase in price, as well as increase the cost of production in the countryside,” the MP said.
“The state must help the villagers. Tariffs, fertilizers, and the tax system – all this should work for the development of production, and not to stop it. This should be the policy of the state in relation to agricultural production,” Yuriy Boyko underscored.