President Viktor Yanukovych convinced that it is necessary to conduct an effective land reform, he said in an interview at the opening Agro-2010 exhibition today in Kyiv.

"Currently, land legislation in Ukraine, to put it mildly, does not work at all and we know how frequent shady land deals have become. So now, we must finalize elaboration of land legislation and begin the agrarian reform," said Viktor Yanukovych.

The President stressed that this is certainly one of the thorniest issues in Ukraine.

In his speech at the event President Yanukovych said that there are some serious problems in Ukrainian agriculture that require solutions. Today, he said, we must honestly admit the existence of serious problems that are addressed by government programs either partially, or not at all.

Among the priorities President Yanukovych named elimination of shady land privatization, stopping administrative interference into agriculture and removing any restrictions on agricultural exports.

According to him, it is necessary to establish a transparent land market, complete elaboration of national land registry and provide effective circulation of agricultural lands.

It is also necessary, said President Yanukovych, to protect domestic producers from imports of low-quality agricultural products, support farmers with cheap loans and agricultural machinery leasing programs, etc.. He also pointed to urgent need for improvement of subsidizing agricultural sector according to WTO regulations.

According to the President, it is necessary to improve the role of the Agrarian Fund of Ukraine. "The Agrarian Fund should be given all the funds that now are allocated to support farmers. The Fund should also have its offices in all the regions," he said.

Speaking of today's exhibition, President Yanukovych said it is a vivid example of diligence of the Ukrainian people and its constant striving for perfection.

He also presented certificates for combine harvesters that were bought in the framework of partial state payment program.


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