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Ukrainian farmers protest government’s grain export 'low blow'

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Oct. 4, 2011, 5:23 p.m. | Ukraine — by Oksana Grytsenko

Farmer protests the government's agrarian policy outside parliament on Oct. 4.
© Ganna Bernyk

Over 1,000 farmers rallied on Oct. 4 outside the government and parliament buildings in Kyiv, protesting against state agrarian policy that they say is impoverishing them and could destroy the country’s promising agriculture sector.
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Anonymous Oct. 4, 2011, 5:33 p.m.    

Of all the stupid things the government has done, this might be the one that hurts the country the most. the strength of Ukraine is it's vast hectares of rich farmland. If the government would let farmers make a good profit, they could expand the amount of land cultivated. use more fertilizer and better farming methods and double the production and bring a lot of money into Ukraine from exports.

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Anonymous Oct. 4, 2011, 6:07 p.m.    

Has this government done anything that even resembles &quot;smart&quot;? In todays world, agriculture is of great importance, with so many going hungry.

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Anonymous Oct. 4, 2011, 10:31 p.m.    

The goverment wants the farmers impoverished in order to buy any legally held land cheap when there new land reforms and rules come into play,,,cant you see the long game here !!!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous Oct. 4, 2011, 11:11 p.m.    

I hate to agree with you......but you are right!!

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Anonymous Oct. 5, 2011, 5:23 p.m.    

Even worse; the long game may be for corporate interests to buy the cheap farmland, use bad farm techniques to grow lots of very profitable crops quickly, but leech all the nutrients from the soil.

Then the corporation can &quot;develop&quot; the spent farmland and sell the houses and offices for exorbitant prices.

It happens in the US all the time.

Protect your land Ukraine! Slava!

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Anonymous Oct. 5, 2011, 3:52 a.m.    

You are right. This is terrible. I am a farmer in the U.S. Ukraine should honor their farmers and protect them and encourage them. It is all about the money.

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Anonymous Oct. 5, 2011, 8:32 a.m.    

Only my KGB comrades must own Ukrainian land in Ukraine !!

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http://www.kyivpost.com/gallery/album/992/photo/8/#ixzz1Zsm4ld7n

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Anonymous Oct. 4, 2011, 5:57 p.m.    

which farmers blame for causing a drop in prices that has hit producers hard.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/114107/#ixzz1ZpDkJfYh

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Anonymous Oct. 4, 2011, 6:48 p.m.    

This is a tax and a stupid one, you should not tax exports.

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Anonymous Oct. 4, 2011, 11:38 p.m.    

“The prices for grain in some cases dropped lower than the cost [of producing it],”

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Anonymous Oct. 4, 2011, 11:58 p.m.    

they say is impoverishing them and could destroy the country’s promising agriculture sector.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/114107/20/page/1/#comments#ixzz1ZqggzR3h

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Anonymous Oct. 5, 2011, 8:29 a.m.    

We must destroy ALL small Ukrainian businessmen !! We need our serfs again to build more infrastructure in my Motherland Great Mother Russia !!

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