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Yury Trutnev noted the poor state of the forest industry in the Far East
During his working trip to Primorsky Krai, Yury Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation - Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District, held a meeting on the development of the forestry sector in the Far East. According to the press service of the Primorye administration, at the meeting he noted that the current state of the Far Eastern forest industry as a whole is unsatisfactory.
“The Far East contains 43 percent of the forest fund - 25 percent of Russian timber reserves. At the same time, the Far East accounts for only 7 percent of the RF timber harvested. On average, the efficiency of work in the forest is three times lower than on the territory of the Russian Federation, ”the plenipotentiary said.
According to Yuri Trutnev, the forest industry occupies no more than 1,5 percent in the regional economy, which is below the national average. “In recent years, in a number of regions of the country, the share of the forest industry's income has dropped two to three times. The share of the forestry sector in the Amur Region, Khabarovsk and Primorsky Territories decreased most noticeably. The indicator of the Soviet period was at the level of 10-11 percent, ”he said.
The plenipotentiary also pointed out that income tax receipts from enterprises in the industry decreased seven times. “All taxes in the forestry sector today amount to 2 billion rubles a year. At the same time, the state spends 6 billion to support the forestry industry. Forest management is planned unprofitable. We spend three times more than we get from the forest. The annual damage to the state from inefficient use of forest resources amounts to 8 billion rubles, ”Trutnev emphasized.
According to the press service of the regional administration, the head of the Primorsky Territory, Vladimir Miklushevsky, said at the meeting that at present, work in Primorye is aimed at modernizing the industry for deep processing of timber. “This will stimulate an increase in the added value of the final product. However, this work has not yet been completed in full. One of the reasons is the reduction of duties on round timber, which makes deep processing ineffective, "the head of the region stated.