Results of YUGAGRO, the international agricultural exhibition
November 28 to December 1, 2017, Expograd Yug exhibition and congress center (Krasnodar) hosted YUGAGRO, 24th International exhibition of agricultural machinery, equipment and materials for agricultural production. The fair was organized by ITE.
At YUGAGRO, 679 companies from 35 countries and 38 regions of Russia showcased their latest developments and the most popular materials, equipment and technologies highly sought after by agribusinesses.
Over 194 companies out of 679 exhibitors participated in the event for the first time.
Overall, the area covered by the exhibition equaled 65,000 sq. m. Through the 4 days the fair was open, 16,990 visitors from many regions of Russia and neighboring foreign countries attended YUGAGRO. This figure is 7% greater than that of the previous year's exhibition.
This year, YUGAGRO's opening ceremony was attended by prominent guests, namely: Veniamin Kondratiev, head (governor) of the Krasnodar Region Administration (governor); Yury Burlachko, chairman of the Legislative Assembly of the Krasnodar Territory; Renee Jones-Bos, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Russian Federation; Peter Erickson, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sweden to the Russian Federation; Elena Telnova, director of the standalone division of IT-Expo in Krasnodar.
Veniamin Kondratyev emphasized that YUGAGRO, the largest agricultural fair in Russia presenting best machinery and the most advanced technology, gives national agribusiness an extra boost. "We are ready to cooperate and work with everyone who is focused on development, who puts business above politics. We are open to foreign companies that are ready to localize production and set up factories here, make their equipment and machinery readily available to local farmers," said the governor.
In his turn, Yury Burlachko noticed qualitative and quantitative improvements the fair boasts: "Almost three quarters of machinery supply contracts are made here, at YUGAGRO. Technological innovations always attracted farmers and workers of our region. I am glad that Kuban retains its leadership here. We used the most advanced agricultural machinery a hundred years ago, and we still do."
According to Peter Erickson, Swedish delegation, which is currently visiting Krasnodar Region, is interested in developing business relations with the territory. "We want to show that Sweden is open to business with Russia, we plan to find new contacts at this exhibition," said the Swedish Ambassador to Russia.
Renee Jones-Bos thanked regional authorities and organizers of the exhibition for the invitation and noted that Kuban is one of the leading agricultural regions in Russia, and same can be said about the Netherlands in the European Union. "There are 20 Dutch companies exhibiting at YUGAGRO; they have brought agricultural equipment and machinery, and we will be glad to cooperate with colleagues from Krasnodar Region," the ambassador said.
On November 28, representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Krasnodar Region administration, the Grain Union, the Russian Exports Center and other experts discussed promising directions for agricultural exports in the context of the plenary session "Export Potential of the Russian Agribusiness: Opportunities and Risks".
There, Andrei Korobka, vice governor of the Krasnodar Region, warned Kuban grain farmers that their profits will decrease due to overproduction, and stressed that further development is impossible without exports. Storing grain can alleviate risks and partially solve the problem: granaries of the region can keep up to 12.7 million tons simultaneously. Production diversification is another possible solution. According to Sergey Kamenetsky, Deputy Director General of Yug Rusi oil crushing plant, it is necessary to start growing other crops that are more profitable and in demand, like oilseeds. Denis Pospekhov, Deputy Director of the Department of Plant Production of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, says the authorities see a relationship between state support and agricultural production growth, and that authorities are ready to support exporters. In particular, Russian Exports Center assists farmers and food producers that enter foreign markets. The Center adds new services to the already offered insurance, loans subsidizing and education. As Nikita Gusakov, managing director for client relations and underwriting of the Russian Exports Center, reported, in 2017 the Center began offering exhibition activities co-financing and started setting up targeted business missions that promote Russian products. Moreover, the Center now offers subsidies for transportation costs; so far it only works for the Far East routes but in the future the practice will be applied in other regions.
The conference "State, Problems and Prospects of Development of Vegetable Farming and Horticulture in the Russian Federation" took place on the same day. There, participants discussed the current state of these branches, competitiveness of domestically grown fruit and vegetables, major problems on the vegetable and fruit farming market, stimulation of development of efficient vegetables and fruit storage facilities, innovative technologies and promising directions for development of vegetable and fruit growing branches of agriculture. The keynotes were delivered by Natalia Chernetsova, Director of Department of Economics and Agribusiness State Support of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Sergey Kosogor, Deputy Director of the Analytical Center of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Viktor Kurpitko, Chairman of the Council of the Orchardmen of Kuban Union and Director of Sadovod LLC. The event was organized by the National Horticultural Union.
On November 28, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry of Krasnodar Region, PhosAgro-Region and Rostselmash signed a cooperation agreement to boost agrotechnology development.
The agreement allows the parties to unite their efforts in agronomic research and machinery design projects, all of which aim to develop and introduce technology peculiar to the Krasnodar region with its unique natural, climatic and soil conditions and priority crops. The partners have also agreed to inform regional farmers of the opportunities and prospects practical application of fruits of cooperation offers.
The first step is to establish an integrated approach program fostering the development of agrotech and ensuring direct or indirect profits for farmers. In 2017-2019, PhosAgro-Region and Rostselmash plan to spend about 60 million rubles financing research activities in Krasnodar Region.
On November 29, Krasnodar Region and EuroChem signed a cooperation agreement for 2018 at YUGAGRO. The agreement aims to enable information and consultation interaction between the parties in the sphere of chemicals and agrochemical services.
In particular, in 2018 EuroChem will supply fertilizers to Kuban farmers at preferential prices. The company will also expand the range of agricultural chemicals that can be used in the region. "Fair yields guarantee stability for our region. The yields largely depend on the quality of work done in the field, the quality of mineral fertilizers used. It is important that they are available to all farmers. EuroChem, being one of the strategic partners of our region, can deliver excellent quality at an affordable price," Fedor Dereka, Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry of Kuban, said commenting on the agreement signed.
On November 30, attendees of the conference "Current State of Agribusiness of Krasnodar Region" discussed development of regional agriculture and neighboring industries. The event was attended by Andrei Korobka, Vice-Governor of the Krasnodar Region, Viktor Budarin, Chairman of the Krasnodar Regional Branch of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, representatives of government and business.
As Andrei Korobka noted, the priority for the regional agribusiness today is deep processing of agricultural products and increasing non-primary exports. "Fair yields we see today are our export potential. But it has to do not just with raw materials. We need to export processed, finished products, those that are in demand on the world market. Therefore, the food industry of Kuban comes to the forefront today,"- said the deputy head of the Region.
At the conference, the participants have also discussed the planned nature of the economy as applied to agribusiness. "The law on crop rotation can be the basis for a planned economy, the law that defines acreage for each crop. This is the only way to estimate the effectiveness of the economy and control who grows what and in what amounts," Andrei Korobka summed up.
YUGAGRO is supported by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Krasnodar Region Administration, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry of the Krasnodar Region, Krasnodar City Administration, IFWexpo Heidelberg GmbH (Germany).
CLAAS is the Strategic Sponsor of YUGAGRO.
Rostselmash is the general partner of the exhibition.
General sponsor of the exhibition is RosAgroTrade.
The next (twenty fifth) YUGAGRO, International exhibition of agricultural machinery, equipment and materials for crop production, will be held on November 20 through 23 2018.