Less than 50% of Graduates of St Petersburg State Agrarian University Prepared to Work in Rural Area
This was the conclusion reached by experts who gathered at the Rural Youth and Society Today conference held on 27 August 2012 as part of the XXI Agrorus International Agricultural Exhibition and Trade Fair. The meeting focused on the quality of education available to young people in rural areas, and on efforts to attract young professionals to work in the countryside.
Head of the Education and Youth Policy Department of St Petersburg State Agrarian University Evgeny Bessonov spoke about the issues surrounding the transformation of sociocultural values among today’s young people as they adapt to rural life. According to Mr Bessonov, the burning question of today is how to train specialists who will want to work in rural areas. “A survey of 2012 graduates from St Petersburg State Agrarian University found that only 47% are considering the possibility of looking for agro-industrial work in rural areas”, he said. “Young professionals are attracted to this type of work by the prospect of housing, as well as by the opportunity to work with a group of like-minded friends.”
The main reasons behind people’s refusal to work in rural areas are the low salaries and underdeveloped infrastructure. The exodus of young workers from rural areas is a nationwide problem. To help solve this issue, agricultural education must foster notions of traditional Russian rural culture in young professionals.
On 30 August 2012, Orchardist Day was held at the XXI Agrorus International Exhibition and Trade Fair. Andrei Lyakh, Head of the Department for the Development of Gardening in St Petersburg, was present at the opening ceremony.
On 28 August 2012, a round table entitled СProblems and Solutions in Veterinary Care for Agricultural EnterprisesТ was held at the XXI Agrorus International Exhibition and Trade Fair. The meeting discussed veterinary services for animal husbandry and aviculture in RussiaТs northwest.
On 28 August, the XXI Agrorus International Agricultural Exhibition and Trade Fair hosted a conference entitled СEnergy Efficiency in Agriculture: Innovative DevelopmentТ. The conference focused on ways of reducing energy consumption, as well as on the legal and regulatory framework surrounding energy conservation.
ExpoForum, Dolphin Exhibitions (UK), and Transtec Neva Exhibitions are to host a presentation on the NEVA 2013 and TRANSTEC 2014 maritime and transportation exhibitions.
The 21st Agrorus International Agricultural Exhibition and Trade Fair will be held at Lenexpo from 27 August to 2 September. One of the biggest exhibitions in Russia, according to established tradition the event will include displays, indoor and outdoor trade stands, a wide-ranging business programme and a lively entertainment programme.
ExpoForum has signed a government contract to run the event in partnership with the Government of St. Petersburg Committee for Education.