On February 28, the first “Development in Partnership” forum of Baranivska ATC was held. The event brought together entrepreneurs who conduct their business both in the community territory and beyond it. Alisher Tyazhyn, the CEO of Kusto Agro, joined the forum.

The “Development in Partnership” forum allowed business representatives and local authorities to start a dialogue on cooperation to improve the local population’s welfare. The event brought together more than 200 participants, including private entrepreneurs, representatives of local enterprises, farms, cooperative societies, city council deputies, elected heads, and civil society representatives.

The forum was organized by Baranivska ATC, Civil Society Institute NGO, the implementation team for the EU Grant project “Baranivska ATC Organic Business Youth Cluster”, and municipal institution “Local Organic Development Agency — AMOR.”

Forum Resolution

The participants discussed the interdependence of government and business, the ways of developing enterprises and the Baranivska community, as well as state support, lending activities, and taxation (new legislation amendments).

Having learned about the achievements and problems arising in the process of Baranivska community local economy development, the forum participants discussed the resolution offered.

All the participants agreed that they can only reach success in business and community development providing that local governments and entrepreneurs cooperate closely. Thanks to business activities, the local budget is filled.

Berry farm

Alisher Tyazhyn, the CEO of Kusto Agro, spoke about investment levels within the Baranivska community, job creation, as well as plans to grow and process organic products. He noted that the berry business in the village of Suyemtsi has been actively developing over the past two to three years.

As of today, Kusto Agro has invested about $1 million to develop the organic berry business in the Baranivska ATC. Last year, about 300 people officially worked for the enterprise during the berry picking season, and Kusto Agro paid taxes to the local budget for them.