Ivan Miroshnichenko: Parliament should not be proud of extending the moratorium on land sales

Today the Parliament extended the moratorium on sale of agricultural land until January 1, 2018. Despite the fact that the “Samopomich” Union faction gave its 19 votes for the initiative, the Verkhovna Rada should not be proud of the decision. This was stated by MP from the “Samopomich” faction, Ivan Miroshnichenko.

“We do not change anything by extending the moratorium. Without changing the rules of the game and the legal framework we will not make a difference,” says Ivan Miroshnichenko.

According to him, the real situation today can be traced with the help of a few examples, among them – the untapped potential of Ukrainian black soil and “creeping” land market which does exist in Ukraine despite the years long moratorium on its sale.

“The truth is as follows: thanks to God and destiny we possess 28% of the world’s black soil. And it is the most valuable asset of our country. But there is another truth. We have 7, 000, 000 citizens who own land. Of them, 1, 000, 000 people have already died and haven’t exercised their right to property, though this was their constitutional right. 400, 000 hectares of land today have no legal successors, that is, people do not come into an inheritance. And 40% of people who have come into an inheritance do not live in rural areas,” said Ivan Miroshnichenko.

Another truth in this matter is that despite the moratorium, a “creeping” land market in Ukraine does exist. “About 4-4.5 million hectares are under control today,” explains the MP.

On this basis the “Samopomich” Union faction supported the legislative initiative only under the condition that in the next six months the Parliament together with the Government would have drafted a package of bills that would help Ukraine to prepare the opening of the agricultural land market.

“First of all, we need to provide the Ukrainians who are land owners with an  alternative and the right to choose, with equal opportunities with other participants; that is, to give them money, projects, support, equipment, and long-term financing,” the lawmaker states .

Ivan Miroshnichenko notes that the government should fight for creation of family farms which will give Ukraine new jobs, among other things.

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