Noisy, bright (despite the gloomy cloudy sky, which threatened, but did not dare to seriously cry with rain), generous, cheerful, eventful - all these definitions very accurately characterize the holiday that took place on June 19-20 in the Kstovsky district of the Nizhny Novgorod region, not far from the village of Slopinets.
It hosted the traditional "Agrofest NN" - a meeting of residents and guests of the region, whose work, or rather, their whole life is connected with agriculture.
The event was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Resources of the Nizhny Novgorod Region.
A huge field for Agrofest was provided by the Rabotkinsky Agricultural College, but it also hardly accommodated a large-scale exposition of agricultural machinery, stands of agricultural organizations, peasant (farmer) farms, food and processing enterprises, companies supplying fertilizers, feed and various agricultural equipment.
There are problems, but no unsolvable ones!
The official part of the exhibition was opened by the acting Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Valery Shantsev. Congratulating the audience, he noted that in the agricultural sector of the region there are still many unsolved problems, but no unsolved ones. Large agricultural associations and small farms are actively using new equipment that automates labor-intensive processes; modern technologies are being introduced. The region implements a number of support programs for agricultural producers. All prerequisites have been created for the production of good products, which means that no entry into the WTO can worsen our position.
In a festive atmosphere, Valery Shantsev and Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of the region Alexander Tabachnikov awarded the best workers in the industry.
The signal for the start of the exhibition was the solemn raising of the flag of Agrofest.
And then the guests of the event (among whom, by the way, were not only residents of Nizhny Novgorod, but also representatives of neighboring regions and foreign countries - Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine) had a difficult choice: where to go first?
"Nizhny Novgorod Elite-2014"
It was impossible to ignore the exhibition of farm animals, which was attended by more than 25 organizations of the Nizhny Novgorod region.
The list of exhibits of the temporary "zoo" turned out to be quite impressive: cows, horses, rabbits, turkeys, geese, chickens, quails, fish ... And most of the animals - with a solid pedigree, representatives of the elite in their class. Everyone wanted to present the audience award. But I had to fight for professional awards.
The competition for the title of champion of the annual regional exhibition "Nizhny Novgorod Elite-2014" was attended by more than 60 cows from various farms in the region. The exterior of the breeding animals was evaluated by international experts, meticulously examining the physique strength and "milk forms".
Plant growers were able to visit the experimental plots of crops of promising varieties of rapeseed, corn and other grain crops, for each of which a modern integrated system of plant protection was used.
The widest selection of agricultural machinery and equipment was pleasing to the eye: more than 40 major federal and regional suppliers presented their products. And the main event of the second day was the holding of a plowman contest, at which about 30 of the best machine operators from the regions of the region proved their skills.
A great mood was given by numerous musical groups (from superprofessional to amateur, but sounded no less sincere and incendiary).
And for a snack ...
And certainly no one could escape the temptation to try the delicious products of farms and numerous regional producers, which clearly demonstrated all the riches of the abundant land. In particular, to taste the first potato of the 2014 harvest at the Spassky district stand.
The first major agricultural event in 2014 in the Nizhny Novgorod region left a whole rainbow of positive impressions and hope for an excellent end to the season, which, we are sure, will also be worthy of a beautiful holiday.