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Problem statement. Destructive crisis phenomena in socio-economic sector and the absence of perfect organizational and legal regulation of relations associated with the functioning of the land market has allowed to form institutional mechanism of the shadow redistribution of property rights to land. Shadow schemes on agricultural land became the most widespread.

Thus, the Head of the State Agency on Land Resources of Ukraine S. Timchenko believes that 98% of all shadow schemes that operate in the land market, is bypassing the moratorium on its sale with the purpose of appropriation of agricultural land. The annual turnover in the shadow market is around 50-60 million USD.

Analysis of the scientific literature indicates that this topic was not paid much attention by scientists and researches. The works of local and foreign scientists such as A.I Berlach, Z.S. Varnaliy, I.B. Habayidze, V. Kunz, P. Kulinych, R. Movchan, Z.M .Myrzayev, T.B. Sarkisov, B.V. Taylashev, N.V. Shulga devoted to some theoretical and practical issues of shadow processes in the land area. Publications of these authors have considerable scientific value, but the study of the causes and conditions that contributed to the formation of shadow market of agricultural land was not duly reflected.

The purpose of this article is to conduct a retrospective analysis of the conditions of formation of the shadow market of agricultural land for further development on its basis of effective mechanism on deshadowing of the land area.

Conclusions of the study. Thus, analyzing the conditions of the market of agricultural land we can distinguish main factors that contribute to its toning at the current stage:

– Inadequate legal regulation of relations in the land sector;

– Weak system of control over the turnover of land and land use;

– The lack of a complete and stable operating cadastre of agricultural lands;

– Low rates of agricultural land inventory

– Corruption in government agencies and local governments.

As we can see, the rapid land reform, the inclusion of land as capital into economic turnover, creation of the necessary conditions for sustainable use of agricultural land, the formation of efficient landowners interested in the development of the agricultural sector was prevented by the number of factors organizational and legal nature which led to the emergence of socio-negative effects, one of which is the informal land market. On this backdrop we can see steadily increasing scornful attitude of participants of land relations to government and the spread of legal nihilism phenomenon in the society.