OVA company regularly participates in the leading Russian and international tradeshows where it always nominates its products in various competitions receiving well-deserved medals and commemorative diploma. The company actively participates in various sector-specific government and regional forums where it has an opportunity, in a direct dialogue, to bring home to competitors and representatives of government institutions its initiatives on development of Russian agricultural sector, social projects and other significant initiatives.

With the view of development of a non-production activities area and external influence to the life of the region, during the “Days of Kaliningrad region” in the Federation Council in December 2006, OVA agroindustrial holding conducted an exhibition and presentation timed to the 60th anniversary of the region and aimed at discussion in detail of the following theme: “Status and prospects of the social and economic development of the Kaliningrad region”.

In addition, this work can be exemplified by the participation of the company in jubilee agro-industrial forum “Golden Fall”, where OVA representatives were a part of the Kaliningrad delegation led by the regional Minister for agriculture and fishery Andrey Romanov. “Golden Fall” is a leading national and international forum where experts from all over the world discuss topical issues of agricultural complex development and rural and feed production growth. In the framework of the exhibition, there were round table meetings organized with the participation of the head of the Ministry for Agriculture of the Russian Federation, including the one addressing the “Global agricultural market challenges and food supply security” theme; the first international theoretical and practical conference “Strategy of improvement of material status and technological level of agricultural producers”; presentation of a target program project “Development of dairy cattle-breeding and increase in milk output in Russia in the period of 2009-2012”.

Young experts are the future of the agriculture. Education of qualified personnel is one of the main priorities of the governmental agriculture policy. OVA understands perfectly well that there is a need to attract young experts in agriculture, production and management to the sector.

In addition, as well as any other producer, OVA understands the need to educate personnel for it to be able to promote and popularize the production of the company on the market. Working as an agroindustrial holding, OVA strives to decrease its dependence on the external factors, including the provision of the personnel. OVA trains most of its experts on its own by sending the prospective employees to study in the core institutes of higher education, constantly organizing trainings for personality and professional development carried out by the best experts in the fields. Trainings and conferences are organized not only for the directly employed personnel but also for the employees for the big distribution companies on the local markets to give them a better understanding of the concept of the company and its brands, to inspire them with the cultural meaning of the brands and to increase their motivation in working with the company’s product range.

Awards

Thanks to its high quality and advanced manufacturing technologies, OVA production is highly esteemed by the consumers and experts.

OVA is a long-time leader in numerous contests and wins various prizes for quality and range of its products. Canned food produced by OVA regularly wins medals and diplomas in prestigious international exhibitions.

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A new dairy complex has been opened in the Kaliningrad region

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The ceremony on Thursday, July 16, was attended by the Minister of agriculture of the Russian Federation Dmitry Patrushev and Governor Anton Alikhanov.

The head of the Federal Ministry of agriculture paid a working visit to the Kaliningrad region, where he got acquainted with the production facilities of the Intergen Rus breeding and genetic center and took part in the opening ceremony of the Kashtanovka large dairy complex.

At the breeding and genetic center, the Minister together with the Governor assessed the equipment of a modern laboratory and the number of breeding bulls. Intergen Rus specializes in improving the quality characteristics of cattle genetic material for dairy cattle breeding. Currently, there are 12 Holstein-bred bulls kept here. in 2020, it is planned to expand the stock by another 30 bulls. This year, Intergen Rus LLC supplied genetic material for the production of up to 5,000 head of cattle in the Kaliningrad region and up to 2,000 heads outside the region. Currently, it is planned to send material for the production of up to 5,000 more heads in various regions of the country.

The center is also a supplier for the Kashtanovka dairy complex, which was built with the support of the Russian agricultural Bank.

During the opening ceremony of the enterprise, Dmitry Patrushev noted that this facility will soon have a significant positive impact on the development of animal husbandry in the Kaliningrad region. The complex is designed for 3,900 heads and meets the most modern requirements for the safety of the production process, provided with qualified personnel and a high level of automation. When reaching the design capacity, the company will be able to provide milk production at the level of 25 thousand tons annually.

The Minister stressed that the volume of milk production in Russia is increasing annually, which is provided by the hard work of farmers and state support measures.

“About 8 billion rubles were allocated from the Federal budget alone in 2019 to increase productivity in dairy farming. This year, this figure has been increased by one and a half times, ” Dmitry Patrushev said.

“Dairy farming is very important for us. For the region, this is a traditional industry, which, unfortunately, was almost lost in the nineties, but has begun to revive, and now we are making a big step. We discussed the prospects for the development of the industry in the region, and we very much hope that the Russian agricultural Bank will support dairy farming projects in our region, because we understand where to develop: processing, deepening processing, breeding and genetics, perhaps even export,” Anton Alikhanov said.

“The country’s self-sufficiency in the dairy industry is one of the priorities of the food security Doctrine. I am glad that with the introduction of a new dairy complex, the Kaliningrad region is now fully and reliably provided with dairy raw materials. And with the opening of the breeding and genetic center, it gets full independence from the import component in dairy production. This is a strategic issue for the region. Over the past decade, the Russian agricultural Bank has invested more than 420 billion rubles in the dairy industry, including production, processing, and specialized trade, and has helped implement more than 2,000 projects. We will continue to invest in the economy of the Kaliningrad region, so that it develops successfully, and Kaliningrad residents and other Russians always have high – quality, delicious and affordable products of domestic production on their tables,” said Boris Listov, Chairman of the Board of JSC “Rosselkhozbank”, who took part in the event.

On the territory of the Kashtanovka dairy complex, the head of the Ministry of agriculture and the Governor inspected a 110-head carousel milking parlor, which is the largest in the region and Europe, as well as a platform for keeping dairy herds and a maternity ward. The Minister expressed confidence that the relationship between innovative developments and high-tech production will give an additional impetus to the development of the entire dairy industry in the Kaliningrad region in the near future.

For reference:

The agro-industrial sector is one of the priority, dynamically developing areas of the Kaliningrad region’s economy. According to a number of industry indicators, the region is the leading one in Russia.

The region shows strong growth in all major sectors of livestock production. The main directions are dairy and meat cattle breeding, pig breeding, poultry farming.

In livestock farms of all categories, the total number of cattle totals more than 170 thousand heads, including the number of dairy cattle with a productivity of more than 74 thousand heads and meat of about 100 thousand heads. Since 2013, there has been an annual increase in the number of cattle by 10-13 %, including cows by 5-10 %.

In 2012, the Kaliningrad region created a branch of specialized beef cattle breeding from scratch. As of the beginning of 2020, the number of specialized beef cattle was 84.4 thousand heads.

Thanks to the construction of new livestock complexes in the dairy and meat industries, the construction of pig and poultry complexes in the region, there is a dynamic growth in gross milk and meat production. From 2012 to 2020, the annual gross milk production in the region increased to 184.4 thousand tons, or 24 %.

The high technological level of agricultural enterprises makes it possible to use the genetic potential of agricultural animals most effectively, which is reflected in the increase in productive indicators. According to the results of work for 2019 in agricultural organizations of the region that are not related to small and medium-sized businesses, the yield per feed cow was 8,764 kg, which puts the region in the top three in this indicator among the regions of Russia.

The Kaliningrad region is consistently among the leaders among Russian regions in terms of rapeseed and grain crop yields, thanks to the introduction of advanced technologies and the use of the latest breeding achievements. According to the results of last year, the region ranks first in Russia in terms of rapeseed yield (29.9 centners per hectare), and second in terms of wheat yield (49.5 centners per hectare). It should be noted that 2019 was a record year for Kaliningrad crop production, when the maximum yield of grain and rapeseed in the history of the region was obtained – 680 thousand tons and 118.7 thousand tons, respectively.

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The Government of the Kaliningrad region discussed the development of export of agricultural products

 

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The meeting was held on July 13 and brought together representatives of the agro-industrial and fishing industries-the leaders of the region in foreign economic activity.

The event was attended by Roman Chekushov, Director of the Department for export development of agricultural products of the Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation, to develop measures of state support that will expand exports.

It should be noted that by 2024, the Kaliningrad region has committed to increase the export rate of agricultural products to 2,205 billion us dollars. In 2019, the export of food products from the region amounted to 1.26 billion us dollars. At the same time, the region accounts for a third of the total export of agricultural products from the North-Western Federal district and 5% of the export of all agricultural products in Russia. The main exports from the Kaliningrad region are products of the oil and fat industry, cereals, fish and seafood.

“I would like to note that last year our farmers set a record for the production of grain crops in the entire history of the Kaliningrad region at 680.4 thousand tons, which allowed us to increase the export of Kaliningrad grain by 2.2 times, which amounted to 48.8 million us dollars,” Natalia Shevtsova said. – Our region has already gone beyond self-sufficiency with key products, we produce much more than we consume. We see other regions of Russia as our sales markets and strive to develop exports.”

“We are facing ambitious export targets both in the country as a whole and in the Kaliningrad region. Therefore, it is extremely important to understand how to effectively help businesses increase the volume of deliveries, including deep processing products, so that the added value remains in the region and in our country,” Roman Chekushov said.

The Director Of the Department of export development of agricultural products of the Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation listened to the proposals of Kaliningrad business. Transport issues were identified as one of the key difficulties in expanding export supplies.

Roman Chemesov also announced active measures to support exporters, among them preferential loans, subsidies, transport costs, costs for certification of products

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The Sberbank and the holding company “Zalesie” implementing artificial intelligence in agricultural production in the region

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“Sberbank is one of the engines of digitalization of financial and related services in Russia. Together with companies in our ecosystem, we are actively developing innovative solutions in a wide range of areas. The introduction of unmanned technologies will allow agribusiness companies to review production processes and give a new impetus to the development of agriculture in the Kaliningrad region,” Viktor Ventimilla Alonso said.

The hardware and software complex Cognitive Agro Pilot is designed for managing agricultural machinery. The harvester will not enter the field without a machine operator – it will be at its workplace, in the cabin, and will be able to focus on the quality of harvesting crops, explained Andrey Romanov. Autopilot, in turn, will analyze data on the state of crops, possible obstacles to the passage of the combine, and generally monitor the progress of work. Participation of the system should reduce crop losses and equipment failures in the “hot time” of the harvesting campaign.

“Artificial intelligence will look at what is happening, how the situation is changing, and react to it. And we expect that the reaction will be quite high, and this will minimize the human factor. The problems associated with it were, are and will be, because a person is not a robot. Therefore, the task of implementing mechanization and artificial intelligence systems in all industries is clear, in order to reduce the burden on each employee, ” commented the Chairman of the Board of the agricultural enterprise “Zalesye”.

He stressed that in 2020, the use of artificial intelligence in the harvesting campaign is a pilot. To begin with, the cognitive Agro Pilot complex is planned to be installed on the “TORUM 785″ combine harvester available in the company’s fleet. The results of the system implementation will be summed up at the end of the season.

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Russian-Emirati food trade after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic

Against the background of food security risks associated with the pandemic, in 2020, the United Arab Emirates adopted Law No. 3 on the creation of strategic food reserves in emergencies, crises and natural disasters. The law provides for the creation of reserves through the efforts of food suppliers and distributors who undertake to create and replenish a strategic food supply, supply the market if necessary, and organize distribution in accordance with plans developed by the National emergency management office in coordination with the Ministry of economy of the United Arab Emirates. Under these conditions, there are additional opportunities to expand the share of Russian products in the UAE food market.

23.06.2020 G. The webinar “Russian-Emirati food trade after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic” was held. the event was Organized by the chambers of Commerce and industry of Moscow and Dubai with the support of the Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation and The Russian food house in the UAE. The webinar was attended by representatives of Emirati and Russian government agencies responsible for the development of international trade and food exports.

The event was attended by Russian food producers and exporters, as well as trading companies in the UAE.

 

Speakers

Mr.Omar Khan

Director of International offices of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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Mr.Suren Vardanyan

Vice-president of Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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Mr.Mohammed Bin Sulaiman

Senior Manager of the Business Relations Departament of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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Mr.Dmitriy Krasnov

Head of the FGBU « Agroexport» (subdivision of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia)

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Mr.Sergey Vologodskiy

Vice-president of the Russian Export Center (Federal export development agency of Russia)

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Mr.Alexei Busev

Manager of the Russian Food House in Dubai, Chairman of the Russia – UAE Committee of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Mr. Khuri Issa

Managing director of Mirak Group, representative of the Dubai group of fruit and vegetable traders.

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