This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Arsenii Yatseniuk on Friday, at a meeting with representatives of the agricultural enterprises of the Kyiv region, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the Cabinet.
In terms of prime cost the Ukrainian agricultural products are competitive, even despite the fact that the EU subsidizes its producers.
Yatseniuk said that after the unilateral opening of EU markets for Ukrainian products, Ukraine has already used up all the quotas for the supply of certain goods, in particular chicken: "No one had hoped that we would use the entire quota. The same thing shall happen with grain. The same shall happen with milk."
The prime minister also noted that large agricultural holdings of the time "received billions in assistance from the state, built big businesses." Now, he said, the government should help small and medium-sized agricultural enterprises: "For me it is an economic, political, and social issue."
He reminded that the government has allocated 300 million hryvnia from the state budget to compensate of interest rates on loans for small and medium-sized farms: "I understand that it's not much. But we will compensate for the small and medium-sized farmers half the rate of the National Bank."
"We will subsidize practically 15% for each loan for you to somehow cope with expensive resource," he said to the representatives of agricultural enterprises.
In addition the government will provide for the compensation of the interest rate for the purchase of Ukrainian equipment in the second half of 2015, after the stabilization of the financial situation.