28 November, 21:00
Over 3,000 Participants From 35 Countries and Investments in Moscow Region Dairy Industry: Results of 5th International Agro-Industrial Dairy Forum
This year, more than three thousand participants from 35 countries took part in the 5th International Agro-Industrial Dairy Forum, and 14 investment agreements for the total amount of more than 7 billion rubles were signed.
Traditionally, the Dairy Forum was held in the Government House of the Moscow Region in Krasnogorsk. The main event of the first day was the plenary session dedicated to the topic: "Dairy Industry: New Rules of the Game. Exports and Processing". The Forum was opened by Andrey Vorobiev, the Governor of the Moscow Region. "We have created a forum to draw attention to the industry, to give a new impetus to the development of agriculture. 5 years ago, many lands in the Moscow Region did not work, so the programme on their introduction was adopted. This was an opportunity to grow food and produce milk in a new way, - said Andrey Vorobyov. - We delve into the problems and give answers to questions that sound from the professional community - it's subsidies, and concessional lending, and the ability to further supply products to retail chains."
The key speakers of the first day of the Forum were Oksana Lut, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Sergey Dankvert, Head of Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Denis Butsaev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Moscow Region, Andrey Razin, Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Moscow Region, Dmitry Matveev, President of the Cabos Group, Stefan Dürr, President of the EkoNiva Group, Jean-Paul Torris, CEO of the Savencia Fromage & Dairy Company, Philippe Meunier, Vice President of the French Regional Council Auvergne Rhône-Alpes.
Oksana Lut drew the participants' attention to the supportive measures for farmers and agricultural cooperatives which are provided within the framework of the relevant Federal Project.
"In our opinion, the dairy industry is one of the most supported sectors in the agribusiness. Credit resources are provided at a rate of 1 to 5 percent for up to 15 years. In 2019 we are going to keep the support of capital expenditures in the amount of 25 percent. Also, within the framework of the unified subsidies, the support for the breeding herd and in a number of regions per liter of milk is maintained," the Deputy Minister of Agriculture said.
5th International Agro-Industrial Dairy Forum attracted a record number of foreign guests. It is to be attended by representatives of Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Egypt, India, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Belarus, Moldova, Slovakia, Turkmenistan, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium, Iceland, New Zealand, and Turkey. Foreign participants showed their great interest in cooperation with the Moscow Region.
For 5 years, investments in the dairy industry of the Moscow region have exceeded 20 billion rubles. In 2018 to 2020, it is planned to implement 15 investment projects with TH Milk and EcoNiva companies among the largest ones. The region's self-sufficiency in dairy products this year is 40%. The Governor has set the task: By 2021, to increase milk production to 1 million tons per year. The Moscow Region holds the 1st place in the Central Federal District and the 2nd one in Russia for the production of cheese as well as the 2nd place in the Central Federal District for the production of commercial-grade milk.
EkoNiva is one of the largest investors in the dairy industry of the Moscow Region.
"The Moscow Region demonstrates a good attitude towards us with strong support for agriculture", Stefan Dürr, President of the EkoNiva Group said. "Now we have chosen the sites and prepared projects. In Stupinsky district we will build 2 livestock complexes of about 3 thousand heads of dairy herd and we will be producing 20 thousand tons of milk per year. We also plan to open a milk processing plant here. The construction will begin in the summer of 2019 and will be completed, I think, by the end of 2021".
Within the 5th International Agro-Industrial Dairy Forum, there were 14 investment agreements aimed at attracting additional funds for the development of the dairy industry in the Moscow Region signed. The total investment estimated is around 7 billion rubles. In particular, It is planned to implement projects for the construction of livestock, goat, dairy farms, providing agricultural equipment and machinery as well as the production of dairy products and cheese, milk processing, the creation of modular dairies in the territory of the region. In Dmitrov, a cheese cluster is being created with the involvement of producers from Europe.
"Now we are preparing all the infrastructure and necessary communications. The cheese cluster residents have already been recruited with the area of 16 hectares", Andrey Vorobiev said. "All the preparations are going to be completed in 2018 or in the 1st half of 2019, and then they will start building factories for cheese production. This will give jobs, and taxes."
Denis Butsaev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Moscow Region, stressed the importance of consistent activities aimed at creating the necessary conditions for effective development of the dairy industry.
"Our goal today is to attract investors for the qualitative rebirth of the processing cluster. We believe that the commodity problem in the Moscow Region will be solved by 2021", Denis Butsaev. "It is necessary to reach completely different indicators of quality and quantity for the types of products produced. Going into deep milk processing of milk is a global trend."
Andrey Razin, Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Moscow Region, added that the implementation of the tasks should also contribute to the new investment agreements.
"This year we have a lot of agreements on milk processing, in particular, with the Ozeretsky Dairy Plant that will build another part of the dairy processing complex," the Minister said. "In addition, we have 4 agreements to be signed with cheesemongers. Goat farms are a separate area to be developed. Today goat milk is in trend but there's a lack of it."
On the second day of the 5th International Agro-Industrial Dairy Forum, a session on organics was successfully held, bringing together a large number of visitors and a brainstorm on the topic of "Culture of Milk Consumption" with a discussion of the most important topics of dairy product demand and myths about the dangers of milk.
In his speech at the brainstorming sessionVladimir Posazhennikov, Minister of Consumer Market and Services of the Moscow Region, made some statements on "In Defence of Milk: Creating Culture of Consumption of Dairy Products" noted the need to create an e-commerce platform for manufacturers of high-quality dairy products: "Taking this opportunity, within the framework of the Dairy Forum, I would like to introduce the idea of creating an open digital marketplace which includes both large and small producers of high-quality dairy products for subsequent sale through small retail chains. Due to this, sellers will have open access to producers without intermediaries, while maintaining high-quality products and through the regulation of entrance barriers ensures the absence of counterfeit".
The round table "French Experience in Creating Equipment for Dairy Products and Cheese Production" was held with the participation of the French delegation, representatives of the Boccard company and was about the expansion of economic cooperation with Russia, in particular with the Moscow Region. Patrice Deudon, Deputy Director for the Development of the National School of Meat and Dairy Industry in La Roche-sur-Foron, spoke on the importance of good professional training:
"France has a great experience in teaching dairy and cattle breeding. We have prepared and graduated the majority of specialists who demonstrate their professionalism. I think that the high quality of French technologies and professional competence plays a key role in making us the leaders in the dairy and cheese production. We strive to achieve a perfect balance between traditional technologies of cheese production and innovative developments conducted in this area. We adhere to the following principle: It is impossible to teach a person to make cheese in the classroom, practice is necessary. Each our school has the production shop based on which our students are trained. Up to 10,000 liters of milk and the same amount of cream are processed every day in our school production facilities. We transfer practical knowledge but we do not transfer the recipe of the product so that students can develop and create their own products. This is a more promising direction."
The Forum also included an exhibition of samples of finished products and technologies for the production of milk and dairy products of such companies as Agricultural Holding "OSP agro", Mustang Feeding Technologies, Group of Companies "ROTA AGRO", and DeLaval. Such companies as Dmitrov Dairy Plant JSC, Leyli Rus LLC, Yasnogor Farms LLC, Ecofarming LLC, Cheburashkin Brothers LLC, RusMoloko LLC, IP K(F)Kh Roygas Valery Vadimovich, Mishnevo Farm LLC, Saprtak Organic Farm LLC, and Plemkhoz "Naro-Osanovskoe" JSC 3M, TIAN-TRADE, Rosselkhozbank JSC, Kontur CCL, Ecolean, Molvest, Kurshavel Cheese Factory", Cheese Stories, and Mamontov Cheese Factory demonstrated their own developments and products. EcoRancho, EkoNiva-Food, NAC MACHINERY, Bobcat, Transfer, Trading House KamAgro LLC, Ruzsky milk.
The 5th International Agro-Industrial Dairy Forum was held with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian
Federation and the partnering companies:
Official partner of the Forum is the Agricultural Holding "OSP agro"
The technology partner of the Forum Is Mustang Feeding Technologies.
Partner of the Forum: SC "ROTA AGRO"
Partner of the Forum: Danone
Partner of the round table: DeLaval
Partner of the "Bank Hour" is Vozrozhdenie Bank JSC