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Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko with representatives of farms held a meeting on the development of agriculture and support for small businesses.

Victoria Abramchenko held a meeting with Russian farmers

As Victoria Abramchenko said, the development of small and medium-sized businesses is one of the key agricultural priorities. “Farmers provide about 14% of the total agricultural production, while having the highest index among all commodity producers – 103.8%. The task of the state is to stimulate the emergence of new entrepreneurs in the countryside and provide comprehensive support for all forms of management, and not focus only on big business, ”she said.

According to the Deputy Prime Minister, this year it is planned to allocate over 11 billion rubles for targeted support of small forms. In addition, over the past two years, the conditions for creating new jobs in farms have been simplified, the revenue thresholds for cooperatives have been increased, and the lists of targeted use of subsidies have been expanded. Since 2022, the Government is introducing a new support measure – the Agrotourism grant, within the framework of which about 300 million rubles will be additionally allocated.

During the meeting, they also discussed the problem associated with the inability of peasant (farmer) households to compete with large agricultural producers in access to land.

According to Victoria Abramchenko, in order to solve this problem, a draft law will be finalized, allowing for a one-time provision of land plots from agricultural land that are in state or municipal ownership to peasant (farmer) households for lease without bidding.

Victoria Abramchenko held a meeting with Russian farmers

In addition, one of the systemic problems, farmers named the lack of the required number of slaughterhouses for the production of livestock products. To optimize the construction of such facilities and reduce the time required for obtaining the necessary permits, the Deputy Prime Minister instructed the Rosselkhoznadzor, together with the subjects, to determine the number and locations of such points, as well as create a library of standard projects, which, depending on the parameters, could be used by regions and entrepreneurs.

Also, representatives of farms noted local problems in the regions. For example, in Crimea, aquaculture producers do not receive support measures due to the lack of applications for subsidies from regional departments.

Victoria Abramchenko instructed the Ministry of Agriculture to consider the issues of farmers and work out specific solutions.

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