President of Ukraine: Land reform must not be protracted
Official web-site of the President of Ukraine - 25/02/2011:
At today"s "Conversation with the Country” teleconference, answering a question, when will farmers be able to manage their own land just like the owners of, for example, apartments in cities do, President Viktor Yanukovych noted that "the scale of shady land privatization and use has become alarming in the state.”
Viktor Yanukovych also said: "We are preparing a land reform that will create a market of agricultural land, and clear rules of its use. Both manufacturers, and peasants will have their rightful place there. When we approach the resolution of this issue, it will significantly strengthen the economic component of the agricultural sector."
He said that he is well aware of the fact that land reform is now awaited by not only farmers, but by investors too.
Speaking of the terms of completion of the reform process, the President expressed his opinion that despite the fact that the land reform debate has continued for many years, its completion must not be protracted.
"Given that we have already lost a lot of time and the fact that the question is ripe in the society, we will speed up the process. We have every opportunity to approach the resolution of these issues in 2011-2012, so that in 2012 we had a functioning land market in Ukraine," the President said.
He also said that establishment of a land bank is an integral part of the land reform in Ukraine.
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