Within the framework of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Stefan Duerr, President of EkoNiva Group, signed cooperation agreements with the governments of Voronezh and Moscow oblasts.
On behalf of Voronezh Oblast Duma, the agreement was signed by Yuriy Yurchenko, Deputy Governor, Anatoliy Bukreev, Head of Department for Economic Development, and the representatives of Rosselkhozbank — Boris Listov, First Deputy Chairman of the Board and Aleksandr Pereslegin, Director of the Department of Financial Institutions.
Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, EkoNiva will build 2 dairies for 2,800 head each in Voronezh oblast. The expansion of the dairy cluster will be supported by Rosselkhozbank, which intends to grant loans in the amount of approximately 5 billion roubles to EkoNiva. It must be mentioned that EkoNiva has launched 8 dairies and is currently building another 4 in cooperation with Rosselkhozbank.
Moscow oblast will become a new area of operation for EkoNiva. In the next two years, the company is planning to build two dairies for 2,800 head each. The agreement was also signed within the framework of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Andrey Vorobyov, Governor of Moscow oblast and Andrey Razin, Minister of Agriculture and Food of Moscow oblast, promised to provide a comprehensive support to the development of dairy farming in the region.
The dairies will be built in Stupino district. The expected investment volume is 5 billion roubles.
Over 240 specialists will be employed at high-tech dairies.
Besides, EkoNiva is planning to construct a cheese factory and an integrated distribution centre in Moscow oblast. The capacity of the factory, producing semi-hard cheeses, dry whey and butter, is 500 tonnes of milk per day. EkoNiva will employ 250 residents of Moscow oblast.
By Tatyana IGNATENKO