Ukraine`s Agrarian Policy and Food Minister Taras Kutovyi has urged Ukrainian deputies to show more commitment to supporting the development of the agricultural sector in the country, in particular, agricultural machinery and the growing of seeds.
”I am aware that the agricultural sector may not be a high-tech industry, and in terms of value added, it may not generate as much income as the space or defense industry. Having the potential of perhaps one of the most powerful industries, it is necessary to channel all the funds available in this industry into stabilization of positions within it, to enable the development of mechanical engineering in agriculture, as obsolescence and physical wear in the industry is at a catastrophic level, and 70% of machines operated on the Ukrainian fields are obsolete and deteriorated,” Kutovyi said, while reporting in parliament.
The minister noted that seed growing industry is a high-tech sector that is underdeveloped in Ukraine.
”We must ensure that there are knowledge-intensive industries in the agricultural field, for example, seed growing. The news is disappointing: only 3% of sugar beet grown in Ukraine is based on Ukrainian seeds,” the minister stressed.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the agrarian minister expects that Ukrainian MPs will pass three draft laws in the near future concerning the privatization of Ukrspirt state enterprise, the monopoly in the alcohol product market, the mechanism of state support of small and medium-sized agricultural enterprises, as well as the turnover of agricultural land.