Changes in legislation aimed at involving agricultural land in circulation were discussed at a working meeting by Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Alexei Gordeev and Deputy Minister of Agriculture Svetlana Khodneva, reports press service of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia.
The Ministry of Agriculture is comprehensively dealing with this issue. In particular, a draft federal law has already been submitted to the State Duma, which provides for the possibility of leasing land plots to peasant (farmer) households without bidding for up to 5 years. This will solve the problem associated with the impossibility for small businesses to compete with large businesses in land auctions.
Work is underway to improve the mechanism for the alienation of agricultural land from unscrupulous right holders.
“The draft law, developed by the Ministry of Agriculture, proposes to reduce the term for the withdrawal of agricultural land that is not used for its intended purpose. And it is extremely important to emphasize that this process will go through a judicial procedure,” Alexey Gordeev commented.
The draft law establishes the possibility to take into account the periods of non-use of sites or their use in violation of Russian law by the time such a fact is revealed by the supervisory authority. At present, the term begins to be calculated only after a violation is established, which significantly delays the withdrawal procedure. The changes will make it possible to quickly return the land to agricultural circulation and prevent their further degradation.
In addition, on behalf of the President of the Russian Federation, the Ministry developed a draft federal law aimed at simplifying the procedure for recognizing land shares as unclaimed and transferring them to municipal ownership.
Also at the meeting, the parties discussed the pace of implementation in 2022 of the activities of the State Program for the effective involvement of agricultural land in circulation and the development of the reclamation complex of the Russian Federation.