Analytical company BEFL was a new rating of the largest owners of agricultural land. BEFL generates it on the basis of data from open sources and also seeks information from companies. The final rating includes companies under the control of which is at least 100 thousand hectares of land. This land can be owned and leased. The rating 2016 included 43 companies against 40 participants last year. The area under their control, compared with last year increased by 16% to of 10.45 million hectares.
First place in the rating of the retained group his company votes Igor Khudokormov. BEFL calculated total lands group together with the company Agrokultura. In the end, their total land Bank amounted to 790 thousand hectares. However, the representative “of his company votes” explained “Vedomosti” that Agrokultura — personal project Khudokormov, therefore, be considered as land Bank of the two companies together correctly. In the past year, the company participated in the rating separately: his company votes ranked first with 570 thousand hectares, Agrokultura – 24th place with a volume of 146 thousand hectares.
Second and third places in the new ranking with a measure of 594 hectares divided Miratorg brothers Viktor and Alexander moulting and “Rusagro” Vadim Moshkovich. According to the calculations BEFL, Miratorg, Russia’s largest pork producer, has increased its land Bank by more than half.
Rusagro, one of the largest producers of sugar and pork, has increased its land Bank by approximately 20%. Rusagro recently actively increased the amount of land in particular, due to the purchase of the assets of the agricultural holding “Razgulay” located in a difficult financial position. Last year, the “walk about” took the ninth place in the rating of largest landowners with a land Bank of 350 thousand hectares, this year the company ranked only in the 23rd place with the Bank in 170 thousand hectares.
Lost its position in the ranking of the bankrupt and “Ivolga-holding” — after last year’s second place (550 thousand hectares), this year the company took only the fourth position (511 hectares). Tatarstan holding company “AK bars” dropped from third to fifth place, although its land Bank, on the contrary, increased from 495 to 505 thousand ha.
The sharpest increase, with a hit in “ten”, made associated with the family of Minister of agriculture Alexander Tkachev “Agrocomplex them. N. And. Tkachev”. Last year the firm ranked in the same ranking only 16th place. During the year the company increased its land Bank more than twice (up to 456 thousand hectares), being immediately sixth place. Last year “the Agrocomplex” have made the major transaction for purchase of land: in may 2015, the Federal Antimonopoly service approved the company’s purchase of assets of one of the largest in the past agroholdings in Russia Valinor. The deal includes 150-160 thousand hectares of land Bank Valinor, in the words of former Manager of “Agro”.
Possible conflict of interest
In January 2016, the Chairman of state Duma Committee for security and combating corruption Alexander Khinshtein (United Russia) has sent an official request to Alexander Tkachev, which was interested in, Lee wrote the statement about the presence or absence of conflict of interest in connection with the business conducted by his relatives. In his message, thereafter referred to Federal law No. 273 “On combating corruption”, operating in Russia since 2009. According to the 273-FZ, the conflict of interest is a situation when personal interest of officials can affect the performance of his official duties. While personal interest can be considered to obtain an official property or cash income or other benefits. Tkachev has sent the government a notice of its consideration of a possible conflict of interest. Now it will be considered by the special Commission which will give its opinion, explained the procedure the representative of the Ministry.
Himself Tkachev in an interview in June 2015 said that he sees no conflict of interest. “It’s not the oil, but the earth, the production of milk, meat, eggs, bread… Conventional farming. The company I created in 1995-1996, they are small, they have more than 20 years. Am I supposed to sell? The decision is up to the relatives… This is absolutely normal — it enterprises, plants, factories. What conflict?” — explained the Minister.