EkoNiva is famous for its cordiality and hospitality. The company welcomes guests from all over the world every year. Very often, the visitors are so impressed with what they have seen that they come back again, just like the representatives of the Christian Democratic Union party of the parliament of Schleswig-Holstein.
Last May, the group visited EkoNivaAgro for the first time, however, they saw only a small part of the large-scale project. Having arrived in Voronezh with a working visit this autumn, the guests did not want to lose the opportunity to take a more detailed tour of the enterprise.
The first stop of the tour was Vysokoye dairy. The weather was far from favourable, but it could not stop the guests from enjoying the visit. Praising the immaculate organization of the working processes at the enterprise, the group walked through the cow barns, visited the rotary milking parlour and had a look at the classrooms for trainees and interns.
‘We do not have such large farms in Germany’, says Heiner Rickers, Deputy of the Christian Democratic Union party of the parliament of Schleswig-Holstein. ‘The farming practices implemented on the farm are really high-tech and the cow housing conditions are very good.’
The group also visited Zaluzhnoye dairy and the milk processing plant of the Academy of Dairy Sciences in Shchuchye village. At the end of the tour, the guests paid a visit to the local kindergarten and the Church of the Nativity of the Holy Mother of God and laid flowers at Shchuchye bridgehead, a memorial of the Great Patriotic War.
‘This day has become the culmination of our trip to Voronezh oblast’, says Tobias Koch, Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union party of the parliament of Schleswig-Holstein. ‘We have seen a lot of new things and, most importantly, we have had an opportunity to learn about another important area of activity of EkoNiva: the management of the company demonstrates significant social engagement by creating work places and offering comfortable conditions not only for work but for life as well.’
‘Before 2013, we had received a lot of groups of politicians from Germany’, says Stefan Duerr, President of EkoNiva. ‘After the embargo was imposed, their number has decreased. However, we are still friends with those who continue to be our partners not just on paper but in real life, regardless of any barriers. This is the kind of friendship that opens new horizons in cooperation.’
By Viktor BARGOTIN