News in 2012


Russia Hurt by African Swine Fever to the Tune of RUB 2 billion

On 28 August 2012, a round table entitled Problems and Solutions in Veterinary Care for Agricultural Enterprises was held at the XXI Agrorus International Exhibition and Trade Fair. The meeting discussed veterinary services for animal husbandry and aviculture in Russias northwest.

The safety of agricultural products directly connected with animal health has become a particularly pressing issue as of late.

Idris Idiatulin, Chief of the Veterinary Administration of Leningrad Region, noted that according to the Federal Centre for Animal Health, total damages to the Russian economy incurred due to African swine fever (ASF) amounted to RUB 2.3 billion. On average, the total damage caused by one infection ‘hot spot’ came to more than RUB 38 million. According to Idiatulin, 450,000 head of swine have been destroyed since the beginning of the epidemic in the country. “The battle against ASF is a state problem, not a regional one,” he concluded. “A federal targeted programme needs to be developed.”

Kasim Layshev, Deputy Chair of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, talked about the brucellosis problem. He said that according to official data, the number of brucellosis cases is continuing to rise not only amongst animals, but amongst humans as well. “The total number of people affected in 2011 increased by 12.7% over 2010,” he noted.

Addressing the current issues stemming from the acute epidemiological situation, with regard to brucellosis in particular, will require special targeted programmes. Unfortunately, no such programmes have been developed to date.


St Petersburg Government Allocates 600 Million Rubles to Help Fruit Growers

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.


Alternative Energy Sources: the Future of Agriculture

On 28 August, the XXI Agrorus International Agricultural Exhibition and Trade Fair hosted a conference entitled Energy Efficiency in Agriculture: Innovative Development. The conference focused on ways of reducing energy consumption, as well as on the legal and regulatory framework surrounding energy conservation.


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.


NEVA 2013 and TRANSTEC 2014 projects to be presented at TRANSTEC 2012

ExpoForum, Dolphin Exhibitions (UK), and Transtec Neva Exhibitions are to host a presentation on the NEVA 2013 and TRANSTEC 2014 maritime and transportation exhibitions.


Less than ten days to go before the opening of the Agrorus 2012 International Exhibition and Trade

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.


Professional skills competitions to form part of the Russian Industrialist Forum

ExpoForum has signed a government contract to run the event in partnership with the Government of St. Petersburg Committee for Education.