Unaccounted rapeseed fields in Ukraine total 20 pct
In separate regions of Ukraine, the discrepancy between official statistics and satellite data on the area where winter rapeseed is grown reach almost 20%, zakarpattya.net reports.
"By the results of satellite surveying, it was revealed that the volume of sown areas in Ukraine in 2016 was 2 million hectares more than according to the official statistics," the report states.
Satellite imagery detected 2 and 0,7 thousand hectares of rapeseed in Luhansk and Zakarpattya regions, respectively.
Among the regions with the largest mismatch in areas between the officially registered and actual areas of winter rapeseed, the largest volumes are in Kherson, Vinnytsya and Mykolaiv (15.8 thousand hectares, 15 thousand hectares and 13.3 thousand hectares more, respectively).
The largest discrepancies in the percentage ratio are in Vinnytsya, Kherson and Zhytomyr regions, where winter rapeseed is produced by 19%, 17.7% and 17.5% respectively higher from the officially registered.
"The availability of such lands also indicates the extent of their shady cultivation and the amount of taxes that local producers do not pay. The situation can be changed by improving the quality and efficiency of land management, it is important for local communities and owners of land shares to get the maximum benefit from their own land after the launch of the land market," the report underlines.
As previously reported, the farmland market liberalization in Ukraine might occur within a year.