First Deputy Minister of Agriculture Dzhambulat Khatuov held a conference call on the development of vegetable growing in the regions of Russia, the participants of which discussed issues of increasing the production stocks of potatoes and vegetables. The event was attended by the heads of regional governing bodies of the agro-industrial complex, scientific institutions, industrial unions and organizations.
Dzhambulat Khatuov noted that the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia will continue to provide comprehensive support to agricultural producers engaged in the development of potato and vegetable growing. “Despite the high production figures of the past 2019, in order to ensure food security in Russia, it is necessary to carry out work on additional adjustments to the structure of sown areas, which will increase the production of all groups of vegetable products to 25% already this year,” the First Deputy Minister said.
The meeting participants also discussed existing state support measures affecting all stages of production and processing of vegetable products and potatoes. So, within the framework of a stimulating subsidy, the subjects of the Russian Federation have the right to choose priority areas, including “open-field vegetable growing,” which allows regions to provide additional support to farmers engaged in the production of vegetables. In addition, there are mechanisms for grant support to farmers and cooperatives, soft loans are being implemented, as well as other measures designed to provide comprehensive state support to agricultural producers.