The agricultural sector of the Leningrad region continued production growth

The agricultural sector of the Leningrad region continued production growth


Agriculture of the Leningrad region shows the growth of production of grain, potato, milk and fish in large holdings, and developing farms.

St. PETERSBURG, 16 Dec. Agriculture of the Leningrad region shows the growth of production of grain, potato, milk and fish in large holdings, and developing farms.

“Agriculture of the Leningrad region shows the production increase: increased production of grain, potato, milk, fish. This was reported at the meeting with heads of Executive authorities of the Leningrad region, summarizing the preliminary results of the state program “Development of agriculture of the Leningrad region” in 2015″, — stated in the message of the regional government.

For the first nine months of 2015, gross production output of agriculture amounted to $ 81.6 billion (103% in comparable prices over the same period of 2014), the year is expected more than 100 billion rubles.

“The active development of agriculture of the Leningrad region, despite the fact that its lands belong to the so-called zone of risky agriculture, technology policy promotes competent leaders, which is supported by the relevant committees and the head of the region Alexander Drozdenko,” notes candidate of economic Sciences, associate Professor North-West research Institute of Economics and organization of agriculture Vladimir Surovtsev.

According to him, the regional authorities “all the time going ahead, allowing them to periodically conduct technological breakthroughs”.

The Leningrad region produces 41.4% of gross output of agriculture of the northwestern Federal district, 2% of the total agricultural production of the country.

According to the forecast, by the end of 2015 in the 47th region grain production will amount to 139 thousand tons (109% compared to 2014), potatoes — 308,6 thousand tons (108%), milk — 575 thousand tons (101,3%), meat — 367 thousand tons (100,1%), fish catch -19,1 thousand tons (109,1%), commercial fisheries — 7,1 thousand tons (106%).

Last year in Leningrad region produced more than 3 billion eggs, and about 300 thousand tons of poultry meat. In 2014, the region produced 41.4 per cent of gross output of agriculture of North-West and 2.3% of the total agricultural production of the country. The leading place in the agricultural complex of the region have livestock.

Implementation of the programs “beginning farmer” and “Development of family livestock farms”. If in 2009 to support small farms from the budgets was sent to 33.2 million rubles, in 2014 the volume of state support has exceeded 309 million rubles, i.e. was increased in 9 times. Today representatives of the small farms produce 26% of the total gross output of agriculture of the Leningrad region.

The experts also point to growing support for the regional government of the farm and its growing potential.

“The number of farms in the Leningrad region can be increased at least twice, the production of goods of agriculture — four times. Of course, the emphasis of development of agroindustrial complex of the region aimed at the development of large-scale production, but in every niche of the agricultural sector has its own advantages. Developments in many of our areas are decent, as in some areas farmers do not yet feel the competition,” says the head of the farmers Union of Leningrad region Mikhail Skanda.

According to him, the demand for farm products has not decreased despite the fact that sometimes the prices exceed the average. He noted the high level of state support from the regional authorities, which by efficiency can compete with those regions, for the climate was “lucky” a lot more.

“The level of support of the government is quite high, it is noticeable primarily on the basis of two criteria: if we compare with similar in the past with other successful regions. So, a farm my dad since 1996, and can confidently say: such a serious support, as it is now, farms in the Leningrad region. In addition, we look very successful and are among the best in the state support of agricultural industry of Russian regions: Krasnodar Krai and Voronezh oblast. Though climatic conditions in the Leningrad region worse than them, we still remain the leaders in milk production, egg production, and other indicators”, — said Skanda.

In 2015 on the development of small farms from Federal and regional budgets directed 380 million (23% above the 2014 level). Support 26 start-up farmers (44,2 million) and 16 of family livestock farms (123,1 million).

In 2015, on the implementation of the sub-program “Sustainable development of rural territories of Leningrad region for 2014-2017 and for the period till 2020” provides for 2.1 billion rubles.

For the first nine months of 2015 in the framework of the subprogramme improved living conditions 237 rural families, including 80 young families and young professionals.

Completed the commissioning of four health care facilities, sports grounds, major repairs on 15 rural culture. The reconstruction of sewage treatment facilities in the village, Mel’nikovo Priozersk district. Laid 10 kilometers of gas supply networks and 20 km of roads to agricultural sites.

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