AgroFarm 2016 exhibition: Russia’s agricultural innovations platform

Latest production and processing developments and solutions for Russia’s dairy and beef, pig and poultry, and rabbit and goat sectors presented by 360 exhibitors from 27 countries

Frankfurt/Main, Germany 17th February, 2016 - AgroFarm 2016, which took place from 19 to 21 January 2016 in Moscow, attracted 360 exhibitors from 27 countries that displayed the latest developments and solutions relevant to the Russian market on an indoor area of 15,000 square metres. Livestock sectors participating included dairy and beef cattle, pigs and poultry, as well as specialist segments such as rabbits and goats, and processing. Leading Russian politicians were also present to meet with the country’s farming leaders and trade partners from around the world. About 44 percent of the exhibitors this year came from abroad, notably from Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, China, Belarus, the USA and the Netherlands. Additionally, German and French companies each had pavilions. Some 8,920 trade visitors from 74 important Russian agricultural Russian regions were registered as visitors. These farming experts gathered information on the latest developments and trends in livestock production and processing. Conferences, workshops and forum events offering topics relevant to Russian livestock producers offered a broad spectrum of topics for discussion. Held 10 times since its first edition in 2007, AgroFarm has developed into the leading information platform for livestock professionals, and is also considered a driving force in the modernization of livestock production in Russia.   Awards presented to top companies The best companies and their products were recognized with an AgroFarm award. This year a total of 23 companies and products received and award for the "Best Product", "Best Scientific Development" or "Best Service". Russia relies on local production Due to current political and economic developments, Russia is striving to expand local production of food and equipment for livestock, as well as feed and veterinary products. The AgroFarm event ‘Local content: market demand, supplier incentives and investors’ expectations provided top decision makers with the opportunity to exchange information with representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, as well as the Eurasian Economic Commission, on the prospects in the Russian market. The need for modernization of the Russian animal husbandry industry is still very high. The politicians underlined the strong dependence by Russian livestock producers on equipment, farm installations and genetics from abroad. On average, about 70 percent of the technical equipment, feed ingredients and breeding material are imported, and in some product areas the share of imported goods is even higher at nearly 100 percent. The participating companies expressed their interest in co-operation in the Russian market, and expressed their willingness to help build up local production as long as clear rules and legislation are in place, as well as reliable co-operation with the relevant state bodies. Further government incentives announced During the business forum ‘Financing and insurance services for animal production and processing’, senior representatives of state authorities emphasized that payments of subsidies already announced for the Russian livestock sector would be made in a timely fashion. At the same time, they stressed their intentions to further widen these subsidies, and issued an appeal to farmers to encourage them to develop their own businesses and increase the efficiency of their operations. With approximately 600 participants, including representatives from ministries and state authorities, and regional agricultural departments as well as dairy and processing enterprises of the Customs Union, the annual meeting of Soyuzmoloko (the National Union of Milk Producers) was well attended. In his speech at the meeting, Russia’s Agriculture Minister, Alexander Tkachev, stressed the significant state support available for the dairy sector. The goal is to achieve a target of 90 percent self-sufficiency, and to help achieve this the government is planning to double subsidies for milk producers in 2016. At an international poultry conference, discussions focused on prospects for development and increasing exports. As the managing director of Rosptitsesoyuz (the Russian Poultry Union), Galina Bobyleva, explained, the self-sufficiency rate in the poultry production was more than 100 percent. Key questions about export opportunities were arising as a result, although this would require an increase in international competitiveness. Russian pig producers also used the AgroFarm exhibition to discuss issues of quality, profitability and competitiveness. Moreover, experts addressed ways to optimize production costs, and considered the introduction effective marketing strategies. Other conferences, including those beef cattle and aquaculture, goats and rabbits, as well as a series of events for newcomers to animal husbandry, completed the technical program. AgroFarm 2017 will take place from 7 to 9 February next year in Hall 75, VDNH in Moscow.   NOTES: The organizers of AgroFarm are DLG International (Frankfurt) and OAO VDNH (Moscow). AgroFarm was officially supported in 2016 by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation. Partner organizations were: Soyuzmoloko (the National Union of Milk Producers); the National Union of Swine Breeders; Rosptitsesoyuz (the Russian Poultry Union); and the National Association of Cattle Dealers.