The Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation will provide comprehensive support for the development of local brands of Russian agricultural products, the press service of the department told RIA Novosti.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that local Russian food brands produced by small farms need to be supported for their further development and advancement. Putin said that he would ask the head of the Ministry of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev to prepare proposals on this issue.
"The Ministry of Agriculture will provide comprehensive support for the development of local brands of agricultural products," the agricultural department said in turn.
The ministry indicated that such goods as Bashkir honey, Vologda butter, Tula gingerbread or Belevskaya marshmallow are widely known in Russia. “Many of them have every chance of becoming widely known not only in our country, but throughout the world,” the Ministry of Agriculture said.
The Ministry of Agriculture reminds that at the present time there are only 35 names in the state register of appellations of origin of goods in relation to food products. "This is disproportionately small for such a rich country as Russia. Meanwhile, in each region you can find three or four products with geographical indicators that can potentially become drivers of the development of agriculture and rural areas," the ministry added.