Olga Bashmachnikova, Vice President of the Association of Peasant Farms and Agricultural Cooperatives of Russia (AKKOR), believes that the creation of cooperative small agricultural centers at the municipal level is one of the most promising measures to support farmers, as well as an effective way to increase the production of vegetables and potatoes. In an interview with the newspaper Vechernyaya Moskva, the expert noted:
- It is imperative to provide support per hectare for small farms that grow vegetables and potatoes. Introduce special support for personal subsidiary plots, unite private farms into cooperatives or organize their joint work with a supporting farmer who has equipment. There are many directions and measures of state regulation that would make it possible to increase the volume of production in vegetable growing and potato growing in small forms of farming. Today, unfortunately, a small percentage of farms receive state support. It would be good if loans with a preferential rate were allocated for the creation of small agrological centers owned by farmers and backyards. They will be created within the framework of a private public partnership. If the state is the owner, then everyone will know that this is a guaranteed resource and can be used.
According to Olga Bashmachnikova, the development of vegetable growing and plant growing is also hampered by the personnel problem. Family small farms are quite promising, which can perform a larger number of operations on their own, concluded the vice-president of AKKOR.