Honcharuk: Land Reform Expected in Place on October 1, 2020
The Ukrainian Prime Minister has established a date for promised land reforms to take place
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During a speech at the “Land as a Factor in the Development of the Ukrainian Rural Area” forum, Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk said the reforms should be fully implemented by October 1, 2020 and that private land sales would begin then.
The initial target date of July 1, 2020 was moved due to agricultural concerns of trying to buy and sell land during the busy farming season.
In addition, he gave assurances that current lessees of land would have the right of first refusal.
“Of course, we will guarantee the rights of those who currently have a lease on the land to buy it first. This is absolutely necessary. We do not want those who are cultivating the land to lose an opportunity to cultivate it further,” Honcharuk said, reports Ukrinform.
To further this goal, the government will provide loan assistance to people buying land. Also, a publicly available online sales system will be established and that land prices will not be lower than an assessed value established by NGOs to ensure a fair market.
He also stressed that the main goal was to protect farmers and to provide a transparent process for all involved. The government has established a hotline that people can call for information on land reform. That number 1545.