Krasnodar, 1 November – Yug Times. The agenda of the international exhibition FermaExpo held last week in Krasnodar included, among other events, the conference entitled: “Farming today: industry problems and growth drivers.” The event was organised by The Yug Times’ Agency for Business Communications and supported by the regional Ministry for Agriculture and Processing Industry and the Association of Farms and Agricultural Cooperatives.
The conference was directed by Aleksandr Shipulin, member of the Russian Civic Chamber, chairman of the Leningradsky district farm association. As an insider professional, Shipulin stressed the importance of the issue and gave the floor to his colleague, Chairman of the regional Association of Farms, Cooperatives and Other Small Agricultural Producers Viktor Sergeyev.
“There was a federal farmers’ congress held in 2011 in Tambov,” he reminded. “President Vladimir Putin attended the event. He noted that three southern Russian regions, Krasnodar, Rostov and Stavropol, together give five million tons of grain. Several years have passed, and now Kuban alone produces five million tons. Regretfully, stockbreeding is not showing such good results yet.”
This is why, development of stockbreeding has become a priority task in the Kuban region. Viktor Sergeyev noted interest to the development of sheep and goat breeding, mentioned such new branches as rabbit, turkey and ostrich farms. All these activities have become available due to the federal and regional support that has been acting since 2012. Owing to various programs, 63 farms have been opened for the past six years, including 52 cattle breeding farms, of which 37 are oriented at dairy production.
Other speakers stressed that there are different federal and regional support programs targeted at farms and individual farmers. Some of them are really unique for Russia.
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