Oksana Lut Launches Large Dairy Plant in Orenburg
Deputy Minister of Agriculture Oksana Lut made a working trip to the Orenburg region, during which she launched a modern dairy complex for 2800 milking cows.
The ceremony was also attended by the acting governor Denis Pasler and the president of EkoNiva-APK Holding Stefan Dürr. New complex offers 140 jobs for the region and total project cost is 2.8 billion rubles.
According to the state program “Integrated Development of Rural Areas”, the Ministry together with EkoNiva-APK Holding is launching a pilot project in the Orenburg region to create comfortable living conditions for employees of agricultural enterprises, Ms Lut noted at the launch.
According to the Deputy Minister, the implementation of such projects on a long-term basis will allow to combine the capabilities of the state and socially responsible business, and will contribute to increasing the level of employment and overall development of rural areas. Moreover, the success of initiatives to improve rural socio-economic condition largely depends on the active participation of the business community. She also emphasized that more than a quarter of the total population of our country lives in rural areas, and the activities of farmers play an exceptional role in the social development system.
During the visit the foundation stone of another complex for 3500 animals was laid. Its opening is scheduled for 2021. EkoNiva-APK Holding plans to build three similar livestock complexes in the Orenburg region. Total production of new facilities will be about 500 tons of dairy per day. They will contribute a lot to the development of the dairy industry in the region. The total investment in the Orenburg region resulting from these projects would be close to 12 billion rubles.
The dairy industry is one of the priority areas for the development of domestic agriculture. Thanks to the implementation of a range of government support measures over the past few years, milk production in Russia has been constantly growing. This year the Ministry of Agriculture forecast 1.5-1.6% increase, up to 31.1 million tons of milk.