Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of the Committee on Agrarian Policy and Land Relations are demanding, through the President of Ukraine, the reduction of tariffs for freight rail transportation and the dismissal of the Acting Head of the Ukrzaliznytsia board, Yevgeniy Kravtsov, Interfax reports.
“Business has rebelled,” explains the head of the committee, Grigory Zabolotny. “Without consulting with anyone, the agency raised tariffs for rail freight by almost 50%, [in October].”
People’s deputies hope that the head of state will submit this problem to the National Security and Defense Council. They say that it is the Council that can decide on the return of previous tariffs, and on changing the current head of the railway, who, according to Zabolotny, “is a non-systemic, bad manager in this area.”
Numerous agrarian associations of Ukraine demand the same. For example, according to Taras Vysotsky, director general of the UCAB, the increase in tariffs will lead to additional costs for farmers in the billions of hryvnias, unprofitability of grain cultivation and disruption of autumn agricultural labor.
We recall that at the beginning of the year, Ukrzaliznytsia raised transportation tariffs for farmers by 12%, and together with the October increase in general, they increased by more than 60–60% over the year.
As we wrote earlier, due to the collapse of the railway — increased tariffs, lack of traction and the closure of stations — the agribusiness deals are ruined for millions of dollars.