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Chukotka will increase slaughter of deer and begin to purchase wild berries and mushrooms from the population
In 2014, agricultural enterprises of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug will slaughter 22 thousand reindeer, thus increasing the indicator by 8,3 thousand heads. This was reported by the press service of the Chukotka administration with reference to Irina Volkov, the first deputy head of the department of agricultural policy and nature management of the Chukotka Autonomous District.
She spoke at the discussion platform on import substitution and technological modernization of the district, which was organized by the regional branch of the Popular Front "For Russia". “The additional slaughter of reindeer will allow us to send almost 300 tons more meat to the needs of the region’s population than last year,” said Irina Volkova. It is expected that by the end of the year the slaughter weight will be about 740 tons of venison.
“In connection with the situation after Russia introduced retaliatory economic sanctions against Western countries, the Chukotka government revised the previously operating economic models, taking into account the more efficient use of the district’s rich internal resources,” said Roman Kopin, Governor of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug.
The county has also doubled the quota for wild deer. This step is coordinated with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation.
“In accordance with the plan of measures to strengthen the food security of the region, the Okrug has begun the implementation of the Crop Development subprogram of the state program Development of the agro-industrial complex of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug for 2014-2018”. It involves the purchase of wild berries and mushrooms from the population, as well as fruits and vegetables grown in subsidiary farms. It is planned that from next year the Government of Chukotka will start subsidizing enterprises that will buy fish from the population, ”the press service of the Chukotka administration says.
In addition, this year in the capital of Chukotka, the implementation of an investment project to create a large pig complex on the territory of the city district began. It is expected that in 2016 the enterprise will reach the planned capacity to produce about 340 t of pork annually.