Opinions

Photo: Aidarbek Khojanazarov ©

27 May 2019

AIDARBEK KHOJANAZAROV, CEO OF OLZHA AGRO: MODERNIZATION AND KNOWLEDGE AS KEYS TO SUCCESS OF OLZHA AGRO

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In 2015, the news about financial problems at Ivolga Holding, then the largest agricultural holding in the post-Soviet region, came as a bombshell. At that time, Ivolga Holding was operating about 1.5 million hectares of farmland in Kazakhstan and Russia. The court did not approve bankruptcy of Ivolga Holding, but the company’s owners drew a lesson...

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Photo: Rasa Melnikienė ©

11 March 2019

Rasa Melnikienė: Consolidation of farms in Lithuania might continue

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Lithuania, an EU member since 2004, tends to follow the paths of a number of post-socialist countries with regard to the development of farm structure. Large enterprises become increasingly dominant in the agricultural production and land use of the country. What is the role of public policies in this process? What challenges do they face? The...

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02 March 2019

OLEKSANDR VERZHYKHOVSKYI, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER AT IMC S.A.: FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE IS THE MAJOR REASON WHY WE INTRODUCE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

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Hardly imaginable in the recent past, automated and self-driving tractors equipped with sensors, field drones performing aerial surveys and advanced analytical tools for predicting yields are increasingly becoming part of an everyday repertoire of today’s agriculture worldwide. How do farms implement digital technologies? What are the practical...

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Photo: Rasa Melnikienė ©

21 February 2019

Rasa Melnikienė: 3.5% of farms operate 50% of farmland in Lithuania

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Lithuania, an EU member since 2004, tends to follow the paths of a number of post-socialist countries with regard to the development of farm structure. Large enterprises become increasingly dominant in the agricultural production and land use of the country. How does the farm structure in Lithuania look like today? What were the preconditions for...

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05 February 2019

Adrian Schairer, M. Sc., Head of Investor Relations at Ekosem-Agrar: EkoNiva is taking advantage of the window of opportunity

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Recent expansion of EkoNiva, a Russia-based daughter company of the German Ekosem-Agrar AG, made waves in both Russian and international mass media. In the last 1.5 years the company doubled their farmland to more than 485,000 hectares in operation. With this land area and 67,000 dairy cows on its farms throughout Russia, EkoNiva is one the...

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Photo: Stefan Mann ©

28 January 2019

STEFAN MANN: EVIDENCE OF RESPONSIBLE LARGE-SCALE LAND ACQUISITIONS IS RATHER RARE. BUT IT EXISTS AND WE SHOULD NOURISH IT!

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The lines between deontological and utilitarian ethics have recently become increasingly blurred in many instances. However, the differences between the two approaches still seem to be irreconcilable with respect to large-scale land acquisitions (LSLA). Norms-based deontologists label LSLA as ‘land grabbing’ pointing to detrimental effects such as...

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23 January 2019

John Shmorhun: Decision-making in AgroGeneration is organized bottom up

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John Shmorhun, President of the France-based agroholding AgroGeneration that operates 110,000 hectares of farmland in Ukraine, tells about decision-making, management autonomy, business performance and collaboration with small farms in his interview to Landlord.ua.

Vertically integrated agroholdings are typical of Ukrainian agriculture. However,...

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Photo: Oleg Nivievskyi

21 December 2018

Oleg Nivievskyi: Agroholdings can be considered the outcome of the moratorium on land sales in Ukraine

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The moratorium on land sales is considered as one of the main drivers of the development of large scale agriculture in Ukraine. The moratorium has been in place since 2001 and yesterday the Parliament extended the moratorium for the 10th time since then. It was introduced as a temporary measure to protect landowners in a situation of...

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Photo: Natalia Mamonova

17 December 2018

Natalia Mamonova: Small-scale farms will persist and develop in parallel to large-scale agriculture

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Prevalence of large farming entities, also known as agroholdings, in the agricultural sector of post-socialist economies raises a lot of public concerns with respect to their effects on the society. Mass media often point to the threats that the large-scale agriculture carries for welfare of rural inhabitants, inclusiveness of land and...

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Photo: Natalia Mamonova

10 December 2018

Natalia Mamonova: The development of large-scale agriculture in Russia and Ukraine follows a very similar trajectory despite legislative, institutional and political differences

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Russia and Ukraine are often compared to each other with regard to their agricultural and rural development. These countries are the region’s major agricultural producers, in which farmland is the target for national and international capital investments. Despite the slightly different institutional design and the speed of the post-Soviet land...

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