300 million trees will be planted in Ukraine: Bolokhovets announced plans for 2022

A modern seed-breeding center has opened in Donetsk region, where planting material will be grown based on the technologies of the Swedish company BCC AB. 


“The plant was built in a record time – in 8 months. At the first stage, the forest planting complex will produce more than a million seedlings of pine with a closed root system. In the future, we plan to double the capacity. The plant will also start working with deciduous trees,” said Yuri Bolokhovets, chairman of the State Forestry Agency.

The agency opened the same complex this fall in the Lviv region: the region will additionally receive 11.5 million seedlings per year. Next year, seed breeding complexes will be built in Kiev, Zhytomyr, Kirovograd, Sumy, Chernigov, Volyn, Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil regions.

According to Yuri Bolokhovets, they will generate another 50 million units of high-quality planting material per year. In total, next year, within the framework of the “Green Country” program of President Vladimir Zelensky, the State Forestry Agency plans to plant 300 million seedlings, which will be a new record for the country. In 2023 – 330 million, in 2024 – 334 million.


As Yuri Bolokhovets notes, in 2021, in addition to the start of the creation of a network of modern breeding centers in the forestry industry, there were also other revolutionary changes. 

“For the first time in the past six years, the planting of new trees in our country significantly exceeds logging. After all, the main thing for us is the preservation of forests. At the same time, against the background of a reduction in felling, we increased government revenues by 157%, received from timber sales by UAH 7.3 billion. more than last year, paid about UAH 8 billion in taxes.The reason is simple – for the first time in the history of the industry, we sent all the wood to electronic auctions, despite the fierce pressure and resistance. Now the wealth of forests works for the state and people, and not for a handful corrupt officials “, – said Yuri Bolokhovets.

According to the head of the State Forestry Agency, a record profit was invested in protecting forests from fires.

“We were left with an industry where the depreciation of fixed assets was 80%. 200 million hryvnyas were allocated for material and technical renovation. we cooperate with NASA, satellites flying over the territory of Ukraine scan the thermal field, dump the information that we are processing. technology, is the motivation of personnel. As a result – 5 times fewer fires, 60 times less than the average area of ​​one fire “, – said Bolokhovets.


Revolutionary changes have also taken place in the forestry control and management system. 

“We have made very significant progress in the digitalization of the industry. Our huge victory is the transfer of accounting of all timber to electronic form. Each tree should now be registered electronically not only in state forestry enterprises, but also among all users without exception. This is a powerful blow to the shadow market. In addition, we have developed an electronic logging ticket and certificates of origin of materials: the process of harmonizing the regulatory and legal framework has already been launched. That is, now we will see everything that happens in the most remote forestry. Strict and effective control over felling. “which the forestry enterprises issued themselves! We have also developed an electronic document management system between hunting grounds, regional administrations and the central office.This is a qualitatively different level of control over all processes, “explained Yuri Bolokhovets.


(C)UNIAN 2021


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