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19 August, 15:54
During the press conference dedicated to the formation of the Association of Agricultural Carriers of Ukraine, Maryan Zablotskyy, Analyst at the Ukrainian Agrarian Association (the UAA), expressed his expert opinion concerning the structural reforming of the State Administration of Railway Transport of Ukraine "Ukrzaliznytsia" and establishment of private transport enterprises within it, specialized in grain carriage. ‘To date, grain carriers are owed by "Ukrzaliznytsia". In addition, there are issues with lack of wagons and ageing of wagon pool. These factors should contribute to attracting private funds and formation of sector of private enterprises owning grain carriers. However, the existing tariff policy of "Ukrzaliznytsia" does not sustain the development of private transport...
18 August, 21:56
Amendments to certain laws on the Guarantee Fund for Fulfilling Obligations on Grain Document Storage came into force on April 18, 2013. In fact, a new state-controlled agency with vague and broad powers appeared in the agricultural market of Ukraine. It will not only collect millions from owners of granaries, but also keep them on a short leash, at their expense by the way. Establishment of the Guarantee Fund was carried out under the following slogan "Protecting farmers from unscrupulous owners of granaries." The idea is simple. The Fund guarantees the refund of grain cost up to 90% to holders of storehouse documents, including lending banks, if the storehouse cannot get it back. This scheme is similar to the one used by bank deposit insurance fund. This practice is customary in the US...
18 August, 21:55
The Verkhovna Rada passed Bill No. 2459 on Amendments to the Law “On Grain and Grain Market in Ukraine” in its first reading. 299 Members of the Parliament voted in favor of the bill. The bill is aimed at deregulation of the grain market. As reported earlier, the Ukrainian Agrarian Association pointed out the key messages of the bill: reverting to the practice of continuing conformity certification for granary services; reverting to the practice of voluntary certification of quality of grain and grain derived products (except for situations where purchase is made using state or local budgets, or if so desired by contractors); removing category "bran, press cake and oil meal" from the definition of term "grain derived products " since they shall be considered waste under the Law "On Waste...
10 August, 12:53
  On July 15, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted as a whole Bill 2655 on Amendments to the Law of Ukraine On Plant Quarantine (Concerning the Reduction of Administrative Burden), the authors of which, as previously reported, were People’s Deputies V. Ivchenko, I. Miroshnichenko, S. Labaziuk, T. Kutovyi, O. Kulinich, O. Bakumenko, O. Mushak. The Ukrainian Agrarian Association also took part in its development. May we remind you that the main provisions of the Bill stipulate the following: Limiting period for issuing quarantine and phytosanitary certificates to 24 hours after loading up a vehicle conforming to international practices; Introduction of individual lists of controlled entities for: import, export and re-export, as well as for control over the movement along the territory of...
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