Agricultural St Petersburg
St Petersburg is Russia’s cultural capital – and now it has been temporarily transformed into the agricultural capital as well, bringing together participants from 53 regions of Russia and 17 countries at the Agrorus 2013 Exhibition and Trade Fair.
This was how Alexander Petrikov, Russia’s Deputy Agriculture Minister, began his address at the opening of the 22nd International Agricultural Exhibition and Trade Fair. He pointed out that increased competition from importers following Russia’s accession to the WTO meant that the consequences of this step would be the main topic of discussion this year. “The size and scope of the project confirms that Russian agriculture is confidently overcoming all difficulties”, said Petrikov, welcoming participants and guests to the exhibition and trade fair on behalf of Nikolay Fyodorov, Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation.
The significance of Russia’s largest exhibition of small businesses was emphasised at the opening ceremony by Vladimir Plotnikov, President of the Association of Russian Farm Holdings and Agricultural Cooperatives; Nurken Shabriev, Deputy Director of the Eurasian Economic Commission’s Agricultural Policy Department; Andrey Bocharov, Director of the Federal Executive Committee of the All-Russia People’s Front; and others.
Sergey Yakhnyuk, Deputy Governor of the Leningrad Region, noted in his speech that the region, which accounts for 40% of the agricultural produce market in Northwest Russia, is holding its own even in the face of fierce competition from foreign producers, and would be showcasing its capabilities as usual at the Agrorus exhibition.
There is every reason to expect that next year the Agrorus project will become even bigger and wider-ranging. “At the moment the exhibition and trade fair occupies over 50,000 square metres, and there still is not room for everyone who wanted to attend. The construction of the new ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre near Pulkovo Airport will provide new opportunities for the project and enable us to put on an even more extensive presentation of the Russian agricultural sector”, concluded ExpoForum Executive Director Sergey Voronkov.
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