Minister of Agriculture pays tribute to УhistoricФ Russian National Farming Cooperative Congress
On 22 March the СAgrorus Ц RegionsТ national agricultural exhibition and the first Russian National Farming Cooperative Congress opened in St Petersburg.
Representatives of 80 constituent entities of the Russian Federation convening at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex were welcomed by Nikolai Fyodorov, the Minister of Agriculture, who noted that the congress was of historical significance. “There is a great deal of work ahead, but step by step, we will achieve success. The cooperative movement is a force which will help preserve Russian civilisation.”
The minister added that the congress will result in interesting, fresh, and – most importantly – effective ideas. “This is an event of crucial significance. I have no doubt that all those gathered here who have dedicated themselves to working on the land will achieve a great deal, in spite of all the difficulties we face”, Fyodorov noted.
The Minister emphasised the issue at hand to be a new way of organising the domestic food market, primarily in large cities and industrial centres. Systemic measures need to be proposed and supported. These include the establishment of cooperative logistics centres, agricultural industrial parks, and wholesale/retail markets, as well as measures to foster effective collaboration between cooperatives and large retail chains, thereby ensuring the quality of the products supplied.
On 28 March, Galina Kolosova, Vice-Chair of the St. Petersburg Social Policy Committee, announced at the opening of the Childhood Planet 2013 exhibition of goods and services for children and families that the demographic situation in St. Petersburg was changing for the better.
Specialists in the social and medical fields, well-known academics, politicians, company leaders, and representatives of voluntary organisations met at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex to discuss the issues facing the older generation.
The foundations of a new model for the domestic food market were laid on 21Ц22 March at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex during the first Russian National Farming Cooperative Congress, which was attended by 904 delegates and 162 guests from 80 Russian regions.
Cutting-edge equipment and services used to address environmental protection tasks and ensure ecological safety were presented at an exposition covering more than 6,000 square metres as part of the XIII Ecology of the Big City international forum. The importance of the event in the industry was confirmed by the attendance of 2,500 specialists.
The Russian International Energy Forum will serve as the venue for the signing of major industry contracts, boosting innovation in the energy sector.
The far-reaching educational and entertainment programme of the Childhood Planet exhibition will be augmented this year by new events aimed at developing creativity among children and teens.
The 2013 Energetika & Elektrotechnika exhibition will, for the first time, feature a number of international companies, including Kon?ar (Croatia), StarPower (Italy), Sahra Kablo (Turkey), Doha Cables (Qatar), and Pentair (Germany).