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Over 86% of Ukrainians oppose foreigners’ access to farmland market - survey

Almost half of respondents do not want farmland to become a commodity.

Over 86% of Ukrainians oppose foreigners’ access to farmland market - survey

Almost half of Ukrainians (47.4%) do not want Ukrainian nationals and businesses to be given the right to sell and buy farmland, a survey carried out by Gorshenin Institute in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine and Belarus has found out.

Asked “Do you think Ukrainian nationals and companies should be permitted to buy or sell farmland?”, 33.7% of respondents said “certainly disagree” while 13.7% picked “rather disagree”.

At the same time, 39.4% of respondents support the launch of the farmland market for Ukrainians (15.8% went for “certainly agree” and 23.6% for “rather agree”).

Meanwhile, the majority of Ukrainians (86.1%) said that foreigners should not be allowed to sell or buy farmland. Of them, 72.7% selected “certainly disagree” and 13.4% “rather disagree”.

Only 7% of respondents that they would support the idea to allow foreigners to sell or buy Ukrainian farmland (2.8% for “certainly agree” and 4.2% for “rather agree”).

Fewer than a quarter of respondents (22.8%) own a land plot while 74.4% do not have it.

The quantitative survey entitled “Reforms in Ukraine: Changes for Better or Imitation of Progress” was carried out by Gorshenin Institute in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine and Belarus by means of face-to-face interviews from 22 November to 10 December. A total of 2,000 respondents aged 18 and above were interviewed in all regions of Ukraine, except for occupied Crimea and Donbas, by quotas of place of residence, gender and age. The margin of sampling error does not exceed 2.2%.

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