This was stated by Director of the National Research Center "Institute of Agrarian Economics" Yuriy Lupenko.
"Last year, the level of profitability of sugar beet production was the lowest one for the last four years. In 2009 and 2011 it was three times higher - 37%," the scientist said, commenting on the data recently published by the State Statistics Service of Ukraine on the level of profitability of agricultural production in agricultural enterprises.
At the same time, according to him, the profitability of sugar beet in Chernihiv region reached a record level of 64.1% last year. At the same time, the beet production in Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Rivne and Kharkiv regions was unprofitable.
A significant decrease in the level of profitability of sugar beet production will negatively affect the interest of agricultural enterprises in their cultivation, which is already low, Lupenko summed up.