All–Russian Field Day – 2022

Dmitry Patrushev discussed the development of the agro-industrial complex of the Kaliningrad region with the head of the region Anton Alikhanov
July 29, 2022
The Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev and the Governor of the Kaliningrad region Anton Alikhanov held a working meeting within the framework of the exhibition “All–Russian Field Day – 2022”. The parties discussed the results and prospects for the development of the agro-industrial complex and rural areas, the course of the harvesting campaign and preparation for the new season, the development of the reclamation complex and other relevant topics.

In 2021, a record harvest of open and closed ground vegetables, fruits and berries was obtained in the Kaliningrad region. The collections of an important export crop – rapeseed – have increased.

Now regional farmers have already started harvesting a new crop, the campaign is running normally. According to the head of the Ministry of Agriculture, grain yield currently exceeds 65 kg per hectare. This is an impressive indicator, which should affect the final volumes. The yield growth largely depends on the level of mineral fertilizers, and in this matter the Kaliningrad region is among the leaders. Last year’s figure was 165 kg per hectare, and plans for the current one are even higher.

In addition, the issue of putting land into circulation and the development of land reclamation is of particular importance. This year, 18 projects worth 70 million rubles will be financed in the region within the framework of the profile state program.

Speaking about the important tasks for the region in the field of crop production, the Minister noted that, taking into account the geographical location, special attention should be paid to increasing the production of potatoes and vegetables. “The Kaliningrad region should achieve sustainable self-sufficiency in these products. In addition, issues of high-quality preparation for winter sowing and sowing in 2023 should be under special control, especially given the existing logistical difficulties. I ask you to personally make sure that the issues regarding the import of seeds, fertilizers, plant protection products, machinery and spare parts are resolved,” Dmitry Patrushev stressed.

As for animal husbandry, positive dynamics is recorded in the production of livestock, poultry and milk both at the end of last year and for 6 months of this year.

In general, these indicators had a positive impact on the agricultural production index – in 2021 it exceeded 105%. In addition, wages in the industry are also growing. The Ministry of Agriculture expects that the trends will continue this year.

“The agro-industrial complex is one of the key sectors of the Kaliningrad Region’s economy, which ensures food security. In recent years, our agro-industry has demonstrated consistently high indicators. We do not stop and continue to plan and implement new projects. Our achievements are largely due to the support and attention of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia. I would like to thank you separately for the decision to hold the main event of the industry in our region,” Anton Alikhanov said.

The issues of state support for farmers were discussed separately at the meeting. Last year, 1.7 billion rubles were allocated to the subject for these purposes, bringing it to 99.8%. In 2022, the amount of funds has been increased to 1.8 billion rubles.

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Happy Victory Day!

May 9 is the day when we thank everyone who gave us peace and freedom, fought at the front and in the rear, revived the country in the difficult post-war years.

Decades pass, generations change, but the Great Victory, as a symbol of national pride, military glory and valor of our people, remains in our hearts.

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The head of Zalesya called the change in price tags a reaction to force majeure

The head of Zalesya called the change in price tags a reaction to force majeure



Photo: Alexander Podgorchuk
Prices for dairy products of the brand “Zalessky farmer” recently increased by 10%. This is the third increase since December 2021. The change in price tags is due to force majeure circumstances that have arisen in Russia – the rise in price of high—protein feed and veterinary drugs, changes in logistics for the delivery of packaging from “big” Russia. This was announced by the chairman of the Board of directors of the Kaliningrad agro-industrial holding “Zalesye” Andrey Romanov on the live broadcast of the platform “We explain.rf” in the account of the regional government.

“This is our reaction to what is happening, how the cost price is getting more expensive at many stages. […] We cannot afford to work at a loss, because as soon as we fall to this level, we will probably last there for a month and a half. And then we just physically won’t be able to produce products,” Romanov explained.

According to him, the cost of milk in the Kaliningrad region increased by 28%. At the same time, the businessman said that prices for dairy products of the agroholding in Moscow and St. Petersburg are higher than in the Kaliningrad region.

“We specifically at the end of January did an analysis of prices for dairy products in the European part of Russia for comparable positions,” Romanov said.

“The price of dairy products has not changed for almost two years. For the first time, we increased prices by 5% on December 1, 2021, we had another 5% increase in February — and this was due to the introduction of labeling and additional costs from this process,” the head of the agricultural holding summed up.

RBC Kaliningrad wrote about the rise in price of dairy products in the Kaliningrad region in November 2021. Then the increase was at the level of 5%. Milk processors called it economically justified.

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Kaliningrad region allocated additional funds for preferential loans to farmers

According to Deputy Chairman of the regional government – Minister of Agriculture Natalia Shevtsova, an additional 263 million rubles have been allocated from the federal budget for the provision of short-term loans. Funds to support the program of preferential lending to agricultural producers are directed in accordance with the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation dated March 9. Thus, the total limit of funds for concessional lending is 375 million rubles.

Recall that within the framework of the preferential credit program, agricultural producers can take a short-term or investment loan at a rate of up to 5% for the development of crop production and animal husbandry, as well as for the construction, reconstruction or modernization of agricultural raw materials processing enterprises. A preferential short-term loan is issued for up to 1 year, an investment loan – from 2 to 15 years. Preferential loans to agro-industrial enterprises are provided through banks.


The deputy chairman also said that at the request of agricultural producers, an appeal is being prepared to the tax service with a request to consider reducing the time for issuing certificates for obtaining preferential loans.

In addition, the regional Ministry of Agriculture took the initiative to the Governor Anton Alikhanov to increase the term of a short-term loan from 12 to 18 months. “This is especially important for plant growers, because the full cycle of work is just one and a half years,” Natalia Shevtsova said.

The regional Ministry of Agriculture has begun accepting documents for the provision of subsidies from the regional budget to support agricultural production in certain sub-sectors of crop production and animal husbandry (as part of compensatory and incentive subsidies).

In general, in 2022, more than 2.4 billion rubles are provided for state support of the agro-industrial complex from the consolidated budget.

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The results of the development of the agricultural sector of the Kaliningrad region in 2021 ensured an increase in the production index at comparable prices by 5.8% to the level of 2020. The cost of agricultural products produced in actual prices amounted to 52.329 billion rubles, which is 6 billion rubles more than in 2020.

Agricultural production in the region continues to support
one hundred percent level of provision of the region with whole milk and potatoes. In 2021, the region reached full self-sufficiency in meat for the first time. Self–sufficiency in table eggs increased up to 90%, and deep-processed dairy products increased up to 88%. At the level of 2020, the provision of vegetables (68%) and fruits (50%).

The tendency to increase the volume of production in animal husbandry has continued. Farms of all categories produced 229 thousand tons of milk in 2021 (109% by 2020), more than 297 million pieces of edible eggs (114% by 2020), livestock and poultry for slaughter in live weight 121,584 tons (103% by 2020).

The Kaliningrad region continues to be a leader in the production and yield of oilseeds and one of the key regions in the yield of grain and leguminous crops. According to the results of 2021, the yield of winter and spring rapeseed was 33.6 c/ha (on average in the Russian Federation – 17 c/ha), soybeans – 29.9 c/ha (on average in Russia – 13.1 c/ha), grain and leguminous crops – 48.4 c/ha (on average in Russia – 26.6 c/ha).

How to succeed in the dairy business in our difficult time

Andrey Romanov, APH “Zalesye” In the current situation, you need to find a balance at the expense of your own feed
Streda Consulting and Milknews talked with Andrey Romanov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of one of the most successful farms in the Kaliningrad region, APH Zalesye, about how to succeed in the dairy business in our difficult times.

On November 26, at 12:00, an online presentation of the first rating of dairy farms by productivity, compiled by the consulting agency Streda Consulting and Milknews together with Soyuzmoloko, will take place. On the eve of this event, we talked with Andrey Romanov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of one of the most successful farms in the Kaliningrad region, APH Zalesye, about how to succeed in the dairy business in our difficult times.
Milknews: In your opinion, what is the key to the success of dairy farming these days?

A. Romanov: In the field of animal husbandry, as well as in the agro-industrial business in general, it is important to introduce technological innovations. The use and combination of technologies allows you to open up new opportunities and horizons.
Milknews: What technological innovations are you implementing in milk production?

We see two main directions of innovation implementation. The first is work in the direction of breeding and genetics, which makes it possible to improve feed conversion, livestock health, and, as a result, reduce veterinary costs, while increasing the effective life expectancy of cows.
The second is work in feed production. Obtaining our own high-quality feed allows us to reduce the cost of purchased, primarily high-protein concentrates. This is especially relevant in the current market situation, when the growth rates of prices for such feeds are measured by tens of percent.
Milknews: What innovations and technologies do you use to develop breeding and genetics? Is the geography of supplies of the cattle you have raised expanding?
A. Romanov: We are trying to use all modern achievements in the field of breeding and genetics. But our main goal is to increase the effective life expectancy of cows and reduce culling. This gives us the opportunity to increase the supply of breeding stock to other regions of the Russian Federation. The geography of supplies is expanding, and we see this as a prospect.
Milknews: In 2020, you implemented a rather unique project for Russia – you opened a modern breeding and genetic center. What has been achieved in the first year of work, and what are the plans for further development of this project?
A. Romanov: First of all, we have gained invaluable experience. After all, this is a completely new type of activity for us, which, like everything new, required a lot of effort to launch. Plus, the conditions of the pandemic also overlapped, which we could not take into account in our plans in any way.
The sale of genetic material is connected with direct contacts between the buyer and the seller. This is not a product that can be sold through advertising in the media. When the possibility of these contacts was interrupted, it directly affected sales volumes, and we were unable to reach the planned targets. But now the situation is improving. We are adapting to work in new conditions, and I am sure that we will achieve our stated goals.
Milknews: Do you plan to expand production capacity in the raw milk segment?
A. Romanov: We are planning to build another complex for 35 thousand tons of milk per year. Now the object is in the design stage. We expect to build and put it into operation in 2022-2023. The milk produced there will be processed at the LLC “DMS-Vostok” plant, which will also be launched in 2023.
Milknews: How will the opening of the DMS Vostok plant affect the Kaliningrad region’s milk market?
A. Romanov: The appearance of this enterprise in the Kaliningrad region will give a new impetus to the development of dairy farming in the region and bring new products both to the Russian market and for export.
Milknews: What volumes of milk production do you plan to receive by the end of the year? Will the volumes increase or decrease compared to 2020?
A. Romanov: We will increase milk production to the level of 2020 and plan their annual growth in the future.
Milknews: Profitability in the dairy market has been falling recently, due to an increase in the cost of raw materials due to the rise in price of its components. How do you manage to maintain a high level of efficiency in such difficult conditions?
A. Romanov: First of all, at the expense of their own feed, which, with high quality indicators, allow not only to save on purchased raw materials, but also to maintain the health of the herd. In the current market situation, given the rising prices for feed additives, veterinary drugs, and care products, it is necessary to find a balance at the expense of their own feed, careful preparation of the diet and monitoring of the company’s own economy.
Milknews: What advice could you give to other farms to improve production efficiency?
Go ahead boldly. There have been crises in our industry more than once, and when the situation stabilizes, the dairy farming sector reaches an economically high level. Also, of course, you need to believe in your business. We produce food for the population – we do hard but noble work. It has always been and will always be an important component of society.
You can join the online presentation of the first rating of dairy farms by productivity by registering at the link.
The project was supported by industry leaders: the general partner of the rating was the company “Kocent Rus”, the official partner is the company Pecus International. The rating partner is Cargill.
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The Russian Agricultural Bank starts financing the construction of an apartment building in the Polessky district

The Kaliningrad branch has signed a loan agreement with kAshtanovka LLC for the construction of a 36-apartment residential building in the village of Zalesye, Polessky district.
Financing of a low-rise apartment building is the second project in the territory of the Russian Federation, implemented with the participation of JSC “Russian Agricultural Bank”. The Bank is an authorized bank in the implementation of the state program of the Russian Federation for the Integrated Development of Rural Areas for the period 2020 – 2025 to improve the quality of life and the level of well-being of the rural population and became the first participant in the new mechanism of preferential lending within the framework of the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation dated December 24, 2019 No. 1804 “On approval of the Rules for granting subsidies from the Federal budget to Russian credit organizations, international financial organizations and the State Development Corporation “VEB.The Russian Federation” to compensate for the income they have not received on loans (loans) issued to individual entrepreneurs and organizations registered in rural areas (rural agglomerations), for the development of engineering and transport infrastructure, construction of residential buildings at a preferential rate.”
The construction of a three-storey two-section residential building is an example of modern integrated development of rural areas. The purpose of the project is to create comfortable conditions for employees of the large agro-industrial holding “Zalesye”, which has been cooperating with RSHB since 2002 and jointly implements investment projects with the bank. The volume of the loan portfolio currently exceeds 7.5 billion rubles.
“The loan agreement for construction was concluded with kAshtanovka LLC, which is part of the Zalesye Agricultural Complex. Our client has successfully implemented 2 investment projects for the construction of dairy cattle breeding complexes with the financial participation of the bank in the amount of 4 billion rubles. The amount of financing for the construction of an apartment building is 128.5 million rubles. The project is designed for 10 years,” commented Vladimir Vlasenko, Head of the Department for working with large business clients of the Kaliningrad branch of RSHB.
“The construction of an apartment building is aimed at creating comfortable living conditions for specialists in the field of agriculture, both attracted from other regions and residents of our region. When a specialist has solved the housing issue, he is confident in the future and directs his forces to creation. Thanks to the support of the Rosselkhoznadzor, we will be able to provide safe, modern and comfortable living conditions for those who choose such a complex, responsible, and very important for all activities to ensure the food security of our country,” said Andrey Romanov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of APH “Zalesye”.
“Integrated development is a new reality in the development of rural areas, a unique project, the implementation of which will improve the quality of life, will help attract qualified personnel,” said Inessa Musina, director of the branch Inessa Musina.


Top 100 largest milk producers in Russia 2021

The Center for the Study of the Dairy Market (DIA) represents the top 100 largest milk producers in Russia. In 2020, the volume of raw milk production in Russia amounted to 20.7 million tons, 5.4% higher than in 2019. The growth rate of raw milk production in 2020 was higher than the average level of the last seven years.
The share of the TOP 100 largest producing companies in the total volume of milk production in 2020 was 30.3%. The share of the first hundred companies in the Russian market continues to grow, in 2019, the TOP 100 companies occupied 28.4% of the market. In 2020, the TOP 100 companies produced 6.3 million tons of raw milk, which is 12.9% more than in 2019. EkoNiva remained the undisputed leader, 925 thousand tons of milk were produced on the holding’s farms in 2020, which is 21.9% (+166.4 thousand tons) more than in 2019. The growth rate of EkoNiva milk production in 2020 slowed down, in 2019 the growth was 56.7% (+274.5 thousand tons).

Nevertheless, the company’s share in the production of raw milk in Russia has grown to 4.5% (in 2019, the share was 3.9%). Taking into account the eco-reserve, the growth of milk production in Russia in 2020 amounted to 5.4%, without the eco-reserve 4.9%. If we subtract the indicators of the economy from the volume of milk production in the agricultural sector, the difference will be even more significant. In 2020, the growth of milk production in the segment of agricultural enterprises with EkoNiva was 5.3%, excluding the company 4.7%.

The first three of the rating remained unchanged, EkoNiva-Agro-industrial Holding took the first place, the State Property holding took the second place, the Tkachev Agrocomplex Company JSC took the third place, all three players continued to increase the volume of raw milk production. Public sector enterprises increased milk production by 12% (+52.8 thousand tons) to 490.3 thousand tons compared to 2019, the agricultural complex increased production by 15% (+40.6 thousand tons) to 312 thousand tons.

The St. Petersburg Piskarevsky dairy plant remained in fourth place, among private companies, although the growth of milk production on the holding’s farms in 2020 was small, only 1% (1.5 thousand tons).

Rusmolco Holding (Olam Int) rose to the fifth place in the rating. The company increased milk production by 43% (+39.4 thousand tons) in 2020 and climbed six steps up. The company entered the top ten participants of the rating with the fastest growth in milk production in 2020. In general, the top ten of the rating has undergone changes in 2020.

Ak Bars dropped from the fifth place in the ratings to the seventh, reducing the volume of raw milk production by 12.7% (-17.1 thousand tons) to 117 thousand tons. The Kirov company APH Doronichi continued to grow and rose from the eighth to the sixth place in the rating, the volume of raw milk production amounted to 125.5 thousand tons, by 14.8% (+16.2 thousand tons) more than in 2019.

CJSC Kirov Dairy Plant rose from the tenth place to the eighth with an indicator of 116.9 thousand tons, by 15.5% (+15.7 thousand tons) more than in 2019. JSC Concern Pokrovsky went down from the sixth place to the tenth, milk production on the company’s farms increased, but only by 1.8% (+2 thousand tons) compared to 2019 to 112 thousand tons. JSC Krasny Vostok Agro went down two steps in the rating to the ninth place, despite the fact that the volume of milk production on the holding’s farms increased by 5% (+5.6 thousand tons). The Green Valley Group of Companies left the top ten.

Belgorod holding Green Valley in 2020 increased milk production by 1.6% (+1.6 thousand tons) to 104 thousand tons, but this was not enough to remain in the top ten of the rating. The company went down from ninth to 11th place in the TOP 100 milk producers. It is noteworthy that Efko Group, which became a part of the shareholders and founders of the holding several years ago, decided to leave this project in 2021 and focus on plant products. In general, the TOP 10 companies produced 2.7 million tons of milk in 2020, which is 18% (+416.4 thousand tons) more than in the 2019 rating. The share of the top ten in the production of raw milk in Russia in 2020 was 13% (in 2019 it was 11.7%).

It is curious that the” second echelon ” of the rating (tens from 51-100 places) it grew faster than the first one. The fastest growth compared to the 2019 rating was shown by the penultimate ten of the rating (81-90 place), enterprises increased milk production by 30%.

The” second tier ” of the rating is regional milk producers, which show growth rates no worse than giants. The top ten companies with the fastest growth were led by Lipetsk LLC KoloSS, +71.2% (+36.9 thousand tons) to the level of 2019. The company plans to build a cheese factory with a production capacity of up to 23 tons of products per day. The player has moved from 86 to 51 places in the rating. Another example of growth is Sarmich Holding, whose farms produced 58.4 thousand tons of milk in 2020, by 70.2% (+24 thousand tons), more than in 2019. The company rose from 46th place to 26th. In the rating of the TOP 100 milk processors, the holding took the 15th place.

The holding company Zalessky milk from the Kaliningrad region rose from 28th place to 18th in 2020, the growth of milk production amounted to 43.4% (+22 thousand tons). There are quite a lot of newcomers in the rating who have entered the last ten: from the Leningrad region, CJSC Rabititsa Plemzavod (85th place) and LLC Bugry Plemzavod (96th place), LLC Base JV from the Republic of Bashkortostan (87th place), LLC Donskoye JV from the Volgograd Region (94th place) and LLC Molchnik (98th place) from the Kursk region.

Left the rating: Grand-NN LLC (93rd place in the last rating) from the Nizhny Novgorod region, Gomontovo Plemzavod JSC (100th place in the last rating) from the Leningrad Region, APK Rus LLC (96th place in the last rating) from the Ryazan region, Belgrankorm LLC (97th place in the last rating) from the Belgorod Region and Sovagrotech LLC (54th place). Someone has reduced the volume of raw milk production, someone has not grown enough to stay in the rating.

The companies of the dairy market, the first hundred and other players, survived the storm of 2020, but poor visibility remained in 2021, and even the market leader has problems with a tailwind.

In 2021, the growth of raw milk production slowed down. In the first half of the year (January-June) of 2021, 10.5 million tons of raw milk were produced in Russia, which is only 2% more than in the corresponding period of 2021. For comparison, in 2020, the growth of milk production in the first half of the year was 6.4% compared to the level of production in 2019.

According to DIA estimates, the volume of milk production in Russia in 2021 will exceed 21 million tons, an increase of 2-2. 5%. The future is preparing new challenges and the strongest, but not necessarily the largest players, will survive.

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