In a meeting with Yuriy Berg, Governor of Orenburg oblast, Stefan Duerr discussed the prospects of the development of the farming sector in the region: in particular, dairy and beef livestock farming as the most significant economic areas.
The first stage of the dialogue was the meeting at the administration of Severny district, at which Yuriy Berg summed up the results of the development of farming within 9 months of the current year. 57 thousand tonnes of grain has been harvested from 38.2 thousand ha of arable land. The average crop yield amounted to 1.5 tonnes per hectare. With the yield of 3.16 tonnes per hectare, Severnaya Niva has set a regional record.
The overall number of cattle in the region has decreased by 3.3% in comparison with the last year. Yuriy Berg expressed his concerns in this regard.
In this context, the plans of EkoNiva deserve special attention. Stefan Duerr presented the plan of agricultural project development in Orenburg oblast.
By 2020, Severnaya Niva is planning to increase the beef herd to 10,000 head, launch new farms for 2,500 head in Kirsanovka, Irkul and Pavlovka, build and launch a feedlot and increase farmland by 4,000 ha.
Big plans have also been made for the development of dairy farming: by 2020, the company is planning to build the first mega dairies for 2,800 head each in Orenburg oblast (Kurskaya Vasilyevka and Severny villages). The dairy herd of Severnaya Niva will have reached 11,200 head by this time.
‘The total investment into these projects will amount to approximately 4.5 billion rubles’, says Stefan Duerr. ‘We will create over 300 work places for local residents.’ After the meeting, the governor visited the beef farm in Novonikolayevka together with Stefan Duerr.
‘It is important that the investor can see the potential for the implementation of such large-scale plans in our region’, comments Yuriy Berg. ‘From my side, I promise to provide all necessary support and I am ready for further dialogue. I will keep track of the development of the projects personally.’
By Aleksandr KUTISHCHEV