Reform Watch


A farmer works his fields on April 17, 2018, in Kyiv Oblast.

Photo by Oleg Petrasiuk

Moratorium on farmland sales in Ukraine has been in place since 2001. The scale of moratorium is impressive (see articles 1, 2). It affects close to 70 percent of the territory and 16 percent of the Ukraine’s population that cannot freely dispose of their farmland plots. Most of these owners live in rural areas and are of old age. Discussions about lifting the moratorium and its future design are still ongoing and there is a growing political support to remove the moratorium. Indeed the new President of Ukraine ordered the Government and the Parliament to approve land reform this year by the 1st of December and the Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk announced that the land market will be opened as of Oct. 1, 2020.

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