KHARKIV OBLAST, UKRAINE, Apr 19 — As of the beginning of 2022, about 2,100 agricultural enterprises of various forms of ownership were registered in the Kharkiv Oblast, the deputy head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Yevhen Ivanov, said during a briefing.

Among them were 1,300 small and medium-sized farms — businesses with land areas of up to 200 hectares. About 1,300 farms in the region are focused mainly on growing grain crops.

According to him, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the Russian aggression has affected more than 630 farms, including 54 livestock farms. These enterprises have suffered such destruction that they couldn’t resume their work for the third year in a row. Most farms, 218, were affected in the Izium district of the Kharkiv oblast.

Ivanov reports that more than 1,100 pieces of agricultural machinery were damaged, stolen by Russians, or destroyed due to the attacks.

Meanwhile, the Kharkiv region is expected to increase its planted area to 1.3 million hectares this year. It is planned to increase the total sown area by 3.5% compared to 2023. 

However, due to mined areas and hostilities on the Russian border, farmers will only be able to cultivate 68% of the available land.

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