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Being elected on to the regional council meant Victor could no longer be a businessman, so his wife Katya is now in charge of the farm.

Victor Sheremeta moved from Chernobyl to live in the countryside, about 40 km outside the capital Kiev. He has been a farmer for 15 years, over which time his farm has grown from seven hectares to 2000 hectres.

20 years ago they would never have imagined having so much private land.

They start the day on the farm with cold water and exercises outside, even in the winter, and on January 19th they jump into the river to mark a holiday.

"We enjoy our work. I don't think it's hard, we love our job."

Ukraine was once the breadbasket of Europe, and is still in the top five grain exporters in the world.

The income of the farm is on average $1m a year, bank loans are so expensive that most of the profit goes back into the business.

"We could have all the money, but there is a saying in Ukraine: while a farmer is alive, he is poor, but when he dies, the family become rich."

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