Business urges the Verkhovna Rada to unblock access to innovative crop protection products immediately
For the fourth year consecutively, Ukraine has banned the import of CPPs samples, which registration in the country of production is not confirmed, for state testing. This situation puts Ukrainian farmers at a disadvantage compared to their peers in neighboring countries. It is worth noting that such a restriction does not exist in any civilized country in the world.
Accordingly, Ukraine will receive access to modern crop protection systems with a delay of 3-5 years. Some CPPs will be not available for Ukraine at all, as they are not registered in the country of production due to the impossibility or inexpediency of the process.
Therefore, Ukraine is losing its competitive position in the domestic agricultural sector compared to other leading countries in agriculture. The Ukrainian farmer must use what is available on the market, although that may cause a potential loss in safety, volume, and quality of the crop.
This spring, Ukrainian agriculture was extremely affected by the consequences of climate change. The lack of moisture and radical temperature changes may reduce the yield of major crops this year. At the same time, climate change will have an impact on crop pests. According to experts, rising summer temperatures will trigger the emergence and the population growth of new insects and fungal infections. Therefore, Ukrainian agrarians need access to the widest possible range of innovative crop protection products to overcome these difficult times.
To solve this problem, last year the Verkhovna Rada registered the Draft Law No.2289 which was fully supported by the Committee on Agrarian Policy and Land Relations and recommended for adoption as a basis and as a whole.
The European Business Association calls on the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to facilitate the adoption of this draft law, as food security is the foundation of national security and independence, and the competitiveness of the agricultural sector is the key to economic growth. So, it is important not to lose, but to use existing opportunities wisely!