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Sergey Fomenkov talks about trends in Russian organic agriculture development

Sergey Fomenkov, the Vice President for Strategy and Development at the APH ECO-Culture, shared his expert opinion on the publication in Rossiyskaya Gazeta dedicated to the prospects of organic agriculture development in the country. The Vice President of APH believes that organic vegetable production in Russia is a promising industry that is expected to develop and grow rapidly in the nearest future.

The article entitled “Organic Chemistry” addresses the issues of producing “clean” agricultural products without the use of mineral fertilizers, growth stimulants, and potentially hazardous plant and soil protection products. So far, there are only a few producers in the Russian Federation who offer completely safe organic products, but right now the entrepreneurs seem to keep a close eye on the industry. Soon, this direction is promising to bring in serious profits: more and more consumers choose healthier products, which they would be 100 per cent sure of.

The “green” market has almost tripled in the last 7 years worldwide. At the same time, the main producing countries are fully capable of meeting their domestic needs. The organics production leaders are the countries of Latin America, Asia, and central Africa. Meanwhile, in Russia, there are much more land resources for organic horticulture than in the above-mentioned areas. Professionals believe it is vital for our country to take advantage of this opportunity.

Agricultural experts believe the Central Federal District will soon become the center of organic production development in Russia. After all, it is here that most of the land resources not affected by industrial manufacturing are located.

Sergey Fomenkov thinks that the share of organic products in the Russian market will only increase now, especially given the relevant law comes into force. Many Russian producers are already planning to replace mineral fertilizers with organic ones anytime soon. The industry sure needs serious changes and investments, which will definitely pay off in the end. The price for organic vegetables will be much higher, while many consumers are already willing to pay more for guaranteed safety and cleanliness of the product. In particular, this applies to families with children. Children’s allergy has never been more common, and organic products are much less allergenic while having greater energy content and nutritional value.

The Vice President of the holding also said that the share of organic products in the total volume of vegetables will be small at first since the organic fertilizer production is still to be developed in the country. In fact, there are no plants to produce biological fertilizers on the basis of friendly bacteria strains. However, none of these problems are unsolvable, so we can say for sure that the future of the organic products market in Russia is quite bright.

Read the full story on the Rossiyskaya Gazeta website: https://rg.ru/2019/06/04/reg-cfo/otdohnuvshie-pashni-chernozemia-otdadut-pod-organicheskoe-zemledelie.html