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.