5 Feb 2020 21:29

Ukrainian agrarian activists to hold protest opposite Zelensky's office, parliament on Thursday

KYIV. Feb 5 (Interfax) - Agrarian activists plan to go to the Office of the Ukrainian President on February 6 seeking a meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss the introduction of the land market in the country.

An event will begin at 9 a.m. outside the Office of the Ukrainian President, and participants are planning at 11 a.m. to go to the Verkhovna Rada, where they will continue their protest, according to a statement issued by the All-Ukrainian Agrarian Council, an organizer of the event.

The introduction of several stages of land reform is set as one of the priorities of the All-Ukrainian Agrarian Council. Only individuals, who are Ukrainian nationals, must be granted the right to buy up to 500 hectares of land set as the limit at the first stage, the public union said. Legal entities are expected to be allowed to enter the market at the second stage, approximately in five years, with the right to buy no more than 5,000 hectares of land. The All-Ukrainian Agrarian Council is calling for creating financial instruments required for the purchase of land by small and medium agrarian enterprises.

The Verkhovna Rada intends to discuss a bill on the land market in the second reading on Thursday, February 6 until its final endorsement at night on Thursday going into Friday, head of the Servant of the People parliamentary faction Davyd Arakhamia said on the Espreso TV channel.

As reported, on December 28, 2019, the parliamentary committee for agrarian and land policy discussed all amendments to the second reading of the bill introducing amendments to Ukrainian legislative acts on the circulation of croplands and recommended that it be endorsed.

The bill was passed in the first reading on November 13.