Ukraine opens gates for Punjab farmers

January 20th, 2009 - 10:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Mohali (Punjab), Jan 20 (IANS) Ukraine is all set to woo experienced farmers and potential investors from Punjab, who are ready to make investments in the agri-business in that country, by offering them lucrative offers and proposals. “We have come to India to study the agriculture potential of this country and to invite farmers and investors who are interested to pursue agriculture on the fertile soil of Ukraine,” Anatoily Pylypko, managing director of Vedi Chna, a private company that facilitates foreign investment in Ukraine, told reporters here Tuesday.

“Senior government officials from various departments of Ukraine are also here and our main focus is to attract maximum foreign investment in our country,” said Pylypko.

The Ukrainan delegation, which has been received as state guests by the Punjab government, will visit various cities in the next few days to study the market here.

Pylypko was in Mohali Tuesday to sign an agreement with WWICS, an immigration consultants company based here. This accord will help Ukraine target Indian investors, entrepreneurs, businessmen and farmers, he said.

“Ukraine is likely to be included in the European Union by 2011 and there are several profitable opportunities available in the farm sector there,” Pylypko added.

Added B.S. Sandhu, WWICS managing director: “A farmer is required to invest Rs.15 million and take approximately 125 hectares of land on lease in Ukraine. Then he can carry out farming in 100 hectares and pursue related businesses like poultry, dairy and piggery on the remaining land.”

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