The Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev held a regular meeting with the Russian Federation constituent entities on the prospects for achieving the regional target indicators of the federal project “Export of agricultural products”. The event was attended by Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Stavropol and Rostov regional officials.
These regions account for a half of the total goal post for the current year ensuring $12.5 billion overall supply of agriproducts abroad. According to the operational data, at present, their total exports have already exceeded $6 billion, including $1.6 billion from Moscow, St. Petersburg – $525.8 million, Rostov region – $2.4 billion, Krasnodar Territory – almost $1.2 billion, Stavropol Territory – $204.9 million.
Further development of agriexports will be soon reinforced by some potent measures of state support. At the same time, the regions are called to be more agile in concluding agreements on advanced competitiveness, which are opening up tht access to short-term and investment loans for exporters. In addition, in this June, the Ministry of Agriculture allocated massive federal funds to boost the oilseed production of soy and rape. Now, the most prompt delivery of state support to the local recipients is of greatest importance.
The meeting participants discussed the implementation prospects of the federal project and the export "growth points". For example, lots of food and processing enterprises are concentrated in Moscow. The Russian capital is also a major transport and export hub for other regions, which commutes achievement of principal targets. Many food and processing enterprises are located in St. Petersburg too. In addition, the city operates the Big Port of St. Petersburg, which is the key link in the agriexport chain.
Over this year, the Rostov region has planned to ship abroad the agricultural products and food for $5 billion. The entity is a leader in foreign trade of agricultural products both in 2020 and in terms of planned values for 2024. In 2019-24, the Krasnodar Territory is implementing 25 export-oriented investment projects costing more than 48 billion rubles, which is a solid rate of investment activity. As for the Stavropol Territory, the lion’s share of its foreign trade is grain. It was highlighted that the key to increasing agriexports is diversification of its structure.
At the very end of the event, Dmitry Patrushev charged the regions with establishing permanent working groups facilitating the implementation of the federal project. He also urged to complete as soon as possible the work on reducing regional export projects to the specific corporate level, whilst Moscow and St. Petersburg should not just patronize the enterprises located on their territories, but also straddle the transit export flows.