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photo visit neal walkerIn August 2015 Mr. Neal Walker, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine visited the GEF SGP Project presentation, aimed at combating degradation of land polluted by radionuclides.

Project Coordinator Ms. Natalia Tsuman, a representative of Zhytomyr National Agroecological University and Director of the Institute of Agriculture of Polissia Mr. Ruslan Rudyk and a representative of the Institute Ms. Oksana Vyshnevska informed the visitors of the specifics of the technologies and the system of managed pastures in the pilot area of Kamyanka village, Zhytomyr region. In particular, it was noted that more than 3 million ha of land, 1,5 million ha of forests and gardens, and more than 1000 settlements in Ukraine were polluted by radionuclides. More than 42% of the polluted area in Zhytomyr region are farmlands.

The technology offered by the Project will use a special herb mixture to achieve the following goals:

  • Restore degraded land which became non-arable due to the Chornobyl disaster;
  • Provide pasture feed during 170-180 days;
  • Create conditions to use the land as pasture and for hay growing with subsequent removal of radionuclides within 7 years;
  • Increase fertility of the land.

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