DPR Head urges parliament to consider bill regulating procedure for terminating agricultural land lease agreements with non-residents

During the working meeting on preparations for the spring sowing campaign of 2019, which took place on March 19, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, addressed the People’s Council with a request to sort out the issue of termination of industrial property rights to agricultural land in the use of non-resident legal entities and individuals – non-residents who do not carry out economic activities in the territory of the Republic. This is stated in the official site of the head of state.

The meeting was attended by Chief of Staff of the DPR Head Administration Alexey Nikonorov, Deputy Chairman of the DPR Government Igor Martynov, Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Vladimir Bidyovka, and deputies Valery Skorokhodov and Yury Leonov.

“Food security of the Republic, concern about the availability of food for the population obliges us to pay special attention to the agrarian sector of the economy.

Last year in terms of agriculture turned out to be extremely unsuccessful, and the reason for that is not only the crop failure. Errors in the regulation of this market led to, to put it mildly, unfavourable conditions for the activities of its participants.

At the end of last year, we amended the legislation tremendously, which marked the beginning of the stimulation of agricultural production. We will continue to give the utmost attention to solving problems in this strategically important industry.

At the moment, there is a shortage of working capital, a shortage of fuel, agricultural producers have questions about the mechanism of payment for natural gas. The legal framework is also yet to be finalized.

Today’s meeting is necessary to discuss the actions that we can take to further positive changes in the field of agriculture and a successful sowing campaign. I reckon that only through a dialogue with agricultural producers, we will be able to find the right solutions that will suit everyone and ensure the food security of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” Denis Pushilin addressed the audience.

Then the Minister of Agricultural Policy and Food, Artyom Kramarenko, reported to the Head of State about the situation in agriculture and the preparations for the spring sowing campaign. During the report, the head of the agricultural sector spoke about the organizational, technological, financial and resources’ provision of the spring field work complex in the Republic in 2019.

After that, the problematic issues of agricultural producers of the Donetsk People’s Republic were voiced.

Regarding the regulation of the agricultural land use, the owners of which are not in the DPR territory, Denis Pushilin urged the People’s Council to consider, as a matter of priority, a draft law on settling legal relations on the termination of certain agricultural land lease agreements prepared by deputies Valery Skorokhodov and Olga Gryaznova.

The press service of the People’s Council asked Valery Skorokhodov, the chairman of the Agriculture and Land Resources Committee, to comment on the essence of the proposed draft law.

“The provisions of the draft law stipulate that lease agreements concluded prior to its entry into force, on the basis of which agricultural land plots were provided to citizens and legal entities for the conduct of commercial agricultural production, may be terminated by denunciation on the grounds and in the manner provided by laws applied on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic in accordance with part 2 of article 86 of the Constitution of the Donetsk People’s Republic, but also by separate, special Law of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

According to the concept of the bill, the right to lease a land plot in an extrajudicial manner is terminated by the unilateral refusal of a landlord from the land lease agreement for two reasons. The first one being if a leaseholder is a natural person – an entrepreneur who is not registered in the territory of the DPR, and carries out and (or) does not carry out activities in the territory of the Republic. The second reason is that the leaseholder is a legal entity that is not registered in the DPR, regardless of whether the activity is carried out or not on the territory of the Republic,” the deputy informed.

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