Agricultural leaders from Chelyabinsk meet to discuss cooperative efforts
Last year, the region saw a 17.4 percent increase in agricultural production volumes after $95 million was allocated to the region to support agricultural producers, Pravda.ru reports.
The region was ranked third in meat production, having produced 420,000 tons.
"Any government support is relevant, especially today, when Russia joined the WTO," Svetlana Maksimova, a member of the State Duma Committee on Agrarian Policy, said, according to Pravda.ru. "One should increase the support from the state. Agricultural production is very risky activities, and without the support from the authorities it is very hard for people to work."
Dubrovsky also suggested creating a purchasing cooperative that would work directly with local farms, providing them legal services and assisting in milk production.
"Our challenge is to create a competitive and efficient economy, diversify its structure, achieve balance," Dubrovsky said, Pravda.ru said. "Besides industrial giants, it is agriculture, construction sector, transport, as well as small businesses that contribute to the formation of GRP. Two international rating agencies--Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings--have confirmed high ratings with a "stable" forecast for the region, which allows us to work with our financial partners more confidently. Let's work and win!"
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