But eggs, milk and vegetables are still not enough. It is assumed that the implementation of the investment policy in the agricultural sector in the next two years will be able to increase the rational norms of consumption of these products by 15-20%.
“Under the ongoing anti-Russian sanctions, the implementation of the import substitution policy in the field of food, outlined by the President of Russia, is also one of the priorities of the Smolensk region administration,” Tatyana Rybchenko, head of the Department of Agriculture and Food, said during a briefing, focusing on key indicators in detail.
So, according to the results of 2017, the region provides itself with potato, meat - by 165%, eggs - by 103%, milk - by 87%, and vegetables - by 65% due to its own production, by 56% from its own production. The head of the department emphasized that, on behalf of Governor Alexei Ostrovsky, negotiations are currently underway with potential investors to implement projects that in the future will ensure the development of lagging areas.
Tatyana Rybchenko also emphasized that the implementation of the investment policy in the agricultural sector in the next two years will be able to increase rational norms of consumption of the main agricultural products: milk, meat, vegetables and potatoes by 15-20%. It is assumed that the volume of exports outside the region, including to Russian megacities, will also grow. “Products manufactured by food and processing enterprises in the region comply with the international quality and safety system, and are also in demand not only in the Smolensk region, but also beyond its borders,” said the head of the profile department.
An important direction in the implementation of the import substitution policy is the development of a cooperative movement in the region. In 2017, under the program of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Smolensk Region, grant support was first provided - the total amount of funding for the development of the material and technical base of two agricultural consumer cooperatives amounted to 81 million rubles, including 41 million grant funds.
This allowed SPSK “Assistance”, created on the basis of the Kozinsky greenhouse plant, to implement a project to build a modern potato storage facility with a capacity of over 2,2 thousand tons of one-time storage, equipped with ventilation and refrigeration equipment, as well as an automated microclimate system. At the end of October last year, the facility was commissioned. In addition, SPSK Smolensky Producer is reconstructing the acquired building for a dairy workshop, which will increase production capacity to 30 tons per day. The social effect of the implementation of these two projects will be expressed in the creation of more than 20 new jobs for Smolensk residents.
“Our prospects in this direction are optimistic. This year, all types of state support were retained, both from the federal and regional budgets. And this means that more funds will be directed to the development of small business and cooperation, ”Tatyana Rybchenko summed up.