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The transformation of agriculture in Ukraine: From collective farms to agroholdings
The transformation of agriculture in Ukraine: From collective farms to agroholdings

Author(s): Arkadiusz Sarna
Subject(s): Agriculture, Economic policy, Developing nations
Published by: Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia
Keywords: Ukraine; agriculture; agroholdings
Summary/Abstract: In recent years, Ukraine’s agriculture has been consistently improving and has been the only part of the country’s economy to buck the recession. According to preliminary estimates, in 2013 agricultural production increased by 13.7% - in contrast to a 4.7% decline in the industrial sector. According to official statistics, Ukraine’s industrial production was up 40% in the final months of 2013 when compared to the same period of 2012. This translated into an unexpected gain in fourth-quarter GDP growth (+3.7%) and prevented an annual drop in GDP. Crop production, and particularly the production of grain, hit a record high: in 2013, Ukraine produced 63 million tonnes of grain, outperforming its best ever harvest of 2011 (56.7 million tonnes). The value of Ukraine’s agricultural and food exports increased from US$4.3 billion in 2005 to US$17.9 billion in 2012, and currently accounts for a quarter of Ukraine’s total exports. Economic forecasts suggest that in the current marketing year (July 2013 - June 2014) Ukraine will sell more than 30 million tonnes of grain to foreign markets, making it the world's second biggest grain exporter, after the United States.

  • Page Count: 11
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: English