Ukrainian workers return from abroad with great experience and understanding of the rules of a successful fruit and vegetable business – Kateryna Zvereva


Ukrainian workers return from abroad with great experience and understanding of the rules of a successful fruit and vegetable business – Kateryna Zvereva

06/17/2020

The state needs to create conditions so that people can use their experience in the agricultural sector of the country, the director of development of the UPRA believes.

EU countries create special conditions for the reception of seasonal workers from Ukraine, and thanks to a visa-free regime between Ukraine and the countries of the European Union, many travel to Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. At the same time, in 2020, farmers-employers in Ukraine hoped that the situation with the introduction of quarantine in the world would partially play into their hands. Most of the workers were forced to return to Ukraine, which means that they could potentially be involved in work in Ukrainian households. At the same time, as quarantine measures are softened and borders with the EU countries open, many Ukrainian workers return to Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, and a number of other European states. This happens just at the beginning of the active agricultural season.

Such an opinion was expressed by the Director for Development of the Ukrainian Fruit and Vegetable Association (UPOA) Kateryna Zvereva in her author’s column on Economic Truth.

At the same time, the director of development of UPOA believes that workers who return home are “this is a treasure of Ukraine.”

“These people invest the earned money in their native land in their own small business. Workers who work on modern farms and greenhouse complexes bring not only money, but also effective technologies to Ukraine.
Ukrainians are stubborn and inventive. Working on farms in Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, going to Canada for seasonal work, they adopt the best practices and technologies, and study in the field the process of growing and selling fruits and vegetables. “

They return home with great experience and understanding of the rules of a successful business. It is likely that in a few years our workers will build modern farms in Ukraine. Something similar has happened in Poland since 2004, after the country’s accession to the European Union, “said Katerina Zvereva, emphasizing that then the Poles went to work in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Canada and the USA. Having accumulated capital and knowledge, some people returned home and built fruit and vegetable farms and greenhouse complexes following the example of former employers.

“They bought the Dutch equipment and technologies, chose the best cultivars, understanding how to organize the operational process. Ukraine only has to create conditions so that upon returning home people can use their experience in the country’s agricultural sector,” the director of development of the UPOA said.

According to Katerina Zvereva, so that people do not go to work abroad, it is necessary that they feel they need them at home, that they have the opportunity to legally work and earn money, that they know that the law and the judicial system protect their rights.

The director of development of the UPOA believes that it is necessary to ensure that it is profitable for a small business owner to work in the village and reinvest the earned funds in development. Therefore, the Ukrainian Fruit and Vegetable Association (UPAA) proposes three priority steps in this direction:

1. Reduction of VAT on fruits and vegetables in 8-10%, as in most other countries. This will remove trade from the shadows, increase tax revenues to the budget, and allow people to feel that they are working legally.

2. The introduction of a 5 percent tax on the sale of fruit and vegetable products up to UAH 500 thousand, the need to provide a bunch of certificates (only passport and code). This tax is paid by the buyer. Now the rate is unrealistic 19.5%.

3. Adoption of a law on cooperation prepared by associations, so that manufacturers can unite and create processing and trading enterprises. Ukraine is one of the few countries in Europe where the share of cooperatives in the market of milk, meat, vegetables and fruits is less than 0.5%, while in many countries cooperative farmers control more than 80% of the market.

“These are just the first three simple steps towards the village that will allow us to talk about the development of the countryside. We need to start from this,” Katerina Zvereva expressed confidence.

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