Duboviazivka Territorial Community
The Duboviazivka Territorial Community is located in the Konotop District, Sumy Region.
The total area of the territory is 526.66 km2.
The population of the community is 9,860 people.
The community includes 33 population centers. Its administrative center is located in the urban-type settlement of Duboviazivka
The territorial center of the community is located 18 km from the city of Konotop, and the road to the regional center – the city of Sumy – passes through it.
There used to be an oak and elm forest on the site of Duboviazivka. This is where the name of the village came from.
In the 18th-19th centuries, the landowner settled his serfs here, thus establishing a hamlet. It was first mentioned in 1859. The peasants were in a difficult situation. They worked for the lord 5-6 days a week.
In 1888, a distillery and later a sugar factory were built here. Due to rapidly growing demand for sugar production in Ukraine, they started plant sugar beet crops in the community. But later, the Soviet government took power and the sugar factory was looted by anti-Ukrainian groups that launched repressions against Ukrainian citizens.
In September 1921, the sugar factory became operational and quickly resumed production and increased capacity. Later, a railway line was laid to it and it was extended to the distillery. This created favorable conditions for the development of plants and their profitable operation.
One of the most difficult and tragic periods in the history of Konotop area was the famine of 1932-1933 and the times of the Second World War. The community was under occupation for three years. In 1943, during the escape, the fascists subjected the settlement to heavy aerial bombardment. After that, a major reconstruction began.
Temples have been spiritual talismans of the village since ancient times. On May 6, 1993, the charter of the religious community of the Holy Trinity Church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was registered in the board.
Economy and Welfare
The main branches of the community’s economy are the cultivation of grain and technical crops, cattle and pigs, berry growing and horticulture. Personal peasant farms prevail on the territory of the community. A significant part of the land is leased by agricultural enterprises that use modern agricultural machinery. The community supports the agricultural sector and the industrial sector.
There are many agribusiness flagships in the community that export products abroad. They also support the improvement of the territory and the residents of the community. It is worth noting powerful and developed enterprises, the founders and managers of which are natives of Duboviazivka community, including as follows.
Today, Konotopagropostach Additional Liability Company specializes in the cultivation of grain crops, leguminous crops and oilseeds, ensures the export of products, and also provides jobs to almost 40 people.
Vitalia, a peasant farm, is one of the leading enterprises in the field of animal husbandry. The farm has about two thousand cattle and uses modern equipment of European models. It manufactures products that meet all international standards. The enterprise employs over 130 people.
Vesna-Agro LLC is famous for growing strawberries, currants, raspberries and blueberries. These products are exported abroad, while local residents have jobs.
The pride of the community is a privately-owned company, Duboviazivka Bakery. This is one of the largest operating enterprises of Duboviazivka, and the Konotop district as a whole, and one of the main producers of bakery products in the Sumy region.
Community and War
For more than a month, the Duboviazivka community was under the occupation of Russian troops. Columns of military vehicles of the occupying forces continuously moved through the population centers of the community, shooting unarmed cars and houses of civilians.
After the liberation of the territory, the residents of the community faced new challenges – reconstruction of the community, provision of humanitarian aid to the population, and assistance to the military on the frontline. During the period of 2022-2023, various materials, technical means and tools were purchased for the military with the funds of the local budget for a total amount of more than 23 million UAH.
The community is actively involved in helping the Armed Forces of Ukraine. With the help of dehydrators and autoclaves, the Duboviazivka community established the production of food products for long-term storage in educational institutions: stewed meat, condensed milk, dry borscht sets, dried fruits.
Residents of the community are actively involved in weaving camouflage nets for defenders and regularly collect funds to help the military.
People of the Community
Leonid Bilyk has been the Head of the Duboviazivka Settlement Council since 2020.
Thanks to his active position, the community began accelerated development. The main efforts of the Head are aimed at attracting investments, improving the material and technical base and the well-being of the population.
More than 40% of the population of Duboviazivka community are poorly protected, unprotected and socially vulnerable categories. These are lonely elderly people, persons with disabilities, families in difficult life circumstances, families with many children. The leadership of the community directs its policy to support these people by providing the highest quality social services.
The community pays great attention to the development of sports and culture. Its athletes are the champions of the region, and the cultural and amateur teams are known far beyond the borders of the Sumy region.
Community youth policy is also developing. The youth program until 2025 has been approved and the youth council is active. Kupala Holidays are among the traditional young people’s celebrations. The girls gather together to weave wreaths and release them in the river.
The community is home to a talented craftswoman, Valentyna Ivashko, who works with her students on the aesthetic appeal of the community’s population centers. Together with young artists, Valentina decorates bus stops and other objects of the community with original paintings.
Today, the community has a development strategy for 2018-2025. The management team is working on updating it pursuant to modern challenges and streamlining it in accordance with the changed regional strategy.
The development of the community’s industrial potential is considered an important aspect. The process of creating an industrial park continues in Duboviazivka community, a catalog of investment proposals, including attractive land plots and real estate assets, is being created.
The main directions of the community’s strategic activity are the strengthening of economic capacity, support and development of businesses, and improvement of the community’s infrastructure and quality of life as a whole.
The Duboviazivka community passed the competitive selection and became a participant in the USAID HOVERLA project – a five-year program under the auspices of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and DAI Global LLC (DAI).