Culture, education and … farming of the two countries were intricately interwoven during “The Days of Germany” in Voronezh.
Since time immemorial the fairs in Russia have been real holidays with songs, dances, and fireworks. On such occasions people used to come together from near and far of huge Russia.
Eighty years ago, the Russian Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin in the village of Shchuchye (Liskinsky district, Voronezh region) was closed and knocked down for its bricks. But a holy place is never empty, as the saying goes.
Farmers from the province of Saskatchewan decided to come to the Zashchitnoye LLC to familiarise themselves with the Russian farming business and to see how their colleagues in the land of “cold winters and warm hospitality” sow and plough.
The Governor of the Novosibirsk region, Vasily Yurchenko, paid an official trip to the Maslyaninsky district, where he visited Sibirskaya Niva LLC. The company was chosen not by chance, since this is where major investment projects are in progress. The total investments in the last two years have exceeded a billion rubles.
The Voronezh region will be the third, after Moscow and St Petersburg, to develop strategic cooperation with Germany’s largest state, Bavaria.
Over 150 guests from the Novosibirsk, Kemerovo and Tomsk regions and the Altai Territory attended Farm Day at the Sibirskaya Niva farming enterprise. It was not mere curiosity that made the guests cover hundreds of kilometres. As Victor Gergert, Deputy Governor of the Novosibirsk region, pointed out, this is a model farm in terms of new technologies and the region’s leader both in crop growing and cattle breeding.
The meeting of Russian Vice Premier Victor Zubkov and Kaluga farmers took place on a day when the law On the Turnover of Farming Lands took effect. This determined the subject of our talk.
Claas, a well known manufacturer of farming equipment, planned its customers’ trip to Russia’s Central Black Earth Region for quite some time. Its interest was piqued by the fact that a Russo-German company works here. The organisers of the trip decided that only a fellow countryman can fully relay pass along the experience gathered and relate the specifics of the Russian farming business. So, it was Stephan Duerr, President of EkoNiva, who headed the guest team.