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At the beginning of the third millennium, Ukraine has the historic possibility of becoming a global “savior” since mankind is facing the threat of starvation.

Ukraine is one of the few countries that can provide food for its own citizens, as well as feeding others.If Ukraine’s agricultural potential is used properly, in addition to meeting the demand of its citizens, the world market could annually receive products worth tens of billions of dollars.This would satisfy the country’s needs for all sorts of energy resources and other commodities, which it does not produce.

So far, however, we carelessly use our land and cannot properly feed ourselves, not to mention the rest of the world; every year, Ukraine’s food imports grow.Nine out of 10 apples (not bananas but apples!) are imported to Ukraine.It has come to the point where we import potatoes from Egypt, and buckwheat from overpopulated China.This is only because we consistently create favorable conditions for imports and restrictive ones for domestic producers. I firmly believe that land sales do not contribute to the development of traditional, yet cost-effective, agriculture.

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