Oleh Bereziuk, Chairman of the Samopomich Union parliamentary faction, believes that today it is important to prolong the moratorium on the sale of land for another year. Because unless this happens, then from January 1, quasi-market conditions will automatically take effect to the benefit of several people from the government and the presidential administration.
“We live in the 21st century and we understand that there is no better regulator of business activity than the market. The market is a universal means of balancing. But this must be the market of fair conditions and transparent rules. Today, the opening of the land market in Ukraine will only benefit the oligarchic elite, that is 5-6 people. While an ordinary farmer who has a thousand, half a thousand, two thousand hectares of land or even 15,000 is not capable of competing with those oligarchic circles as a full-fledged and equal participant in the market.”
Bereziuk notes that the land market in Ukraine can be introduced only when the state, which is, unfortunately, seized by 5-6 oligarchs today, creates conditions under which an average peasant, farmer will be able to become a full-fledged participant in the land market.
For three years, the parliament has been annually extending the moratorium on the sale of land for yet another year. Oleh Bereziuk explains why:
“This is done in order to pass the relevant bills which could create equal possibilities – of cheap and affordable lending for farms, among other things – so that a farmer who earns and has an added value could buy quality seed stock, quality equipment at affordable prices, could become competitive in the market and be its active participant. Unfortunately, the government has not done and is not going to do this, because it is defending the interests of several people. Therefore, the moratorium should be prolonged.”