The Kyiv Post has obtained a blueprint that outlines a bold agricultural production sharing plan that the government plans to roll out to investors. It at once addresses rising global demand for food, as well as rural Ukraine’s dire economic state that suffers from unemployment and infrastructural decay.
Essentially the plan will “intensively develop the agrarian sector without privatizing farmland” while bringing badly needed investment and modern technology, which in turn will “create sustainable rural jobs,” a government source close to the plan said on condition of anonymity because the plan isn’t official yet.
Although in the conceptual stage, the public-private partnership program envisions letting investors farm up to 4 million hectares of currently unused government land for up to 50 years in large-scale 400,000-hectare projects. The government source said each project would require an initial investment of $200 million, and much more down the road.