Rustem Khamitov, Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan, and Stefan Duerr, President of EkoNiva Group, have discussed the prospects of cooperation in dairy farming.
The meeting was attended by Ilshat Faizrahmanov, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Petr Dubyanskiy, Executive Director of Severnaya Niva, and Heads of Bizhbulyak, Belebey and Ermekeevo districts.
‘Bashkortostan and Tatarstan are among top milk producers in the Russian Federation’, says Rustem Khamitov, Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan. ‘We have the largest cattle stock in the Russian Federation. We produce meat and grow grain and vegetables both in the fields and greenhouses. the total production value amounts to 160-170 billion rubles. Currently, we are modernising the agricultural sector. Our region needs large agricultural enterprises and we will be happy to cooperate with EkoNiva.’
Stefan Duerr, President of EkoNiva Group, responded to this proposal with interest and enthusiasm.
‘I think our development in the region will be rapid’, shares Stefan Duerr, President of EkoNiva Group. ‘It is a pleasure to work in the region, in which we are welcomed with such warmth and open-heartedness.’
Stefan Duerr mentioned that currently EkoNiva produces about 1,400 tonnes of milk per day, which translates into about 500 thousand tonnes of milk per year. By 2021, the company is planning to increase its production up to 1.5 million tonnes of milk per year.
‘It is possible to build two or three dairies in Bashkortostan’, sums up Stefan Duerr. ‘The market conditions in the region are quite favourable, we see an opportunity to provide the entire Volga region with dairy products. The milk produced at our dairies will become high-quality raw material for milk processors from Bashkortostan and the neighboring regions.’
The Minister of Agriculture of Bashkortostan as well as the heads of the districts signed cooperation agreements with EkoNiva.
‘Severnaya Niva Bashkiria has already started operating in the Republic of Bashkortostan’, says Petr Dubyanskiy, Executive Director of Severnaya Niva (Orenburg oblast). ‘We are planning to locate our facilities in Bizhbulyak, Belebey and Ermekeevo districts. The construction of a dairy with the capacity of 2,800 head is to begin in Ermekeevo district in the nearest time. In 2019, the construction works will start in Belebey and Bizhbulyak districts.’
Representatives of EkoNiva also visited Bugulma, a town in the Republic of Tatarstan.
‘We have studied the general operational conditions in Bugulma and Bavly districts’, continues Petr Dubyanskiy. ‘EkoNiva is planning to establish an enterprise, which will most probably be called Severnaya Niva Tatarstan.’
By Darya DENISOVA