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Developing Far Eastern Hectares: New Forms of Government Support
5 September 2019
09:30—11:00
KEY CONCLUSIONS
State provides versatile support to Far Eastern hectare holders

Our social development plans include activities in two regions: Yakutia and Khabarovsk Territory – construction of infrastructure for Far Eastern hectares. The budgets are RUB 89 million for Yakutia and RUB 319 million for Khabarovsk Territory. These are roads and power lines. According to the law, if there are 20 or more land plots located nearby as part of the Far Eastern hectare programme, authorities help to develop communal, transport and social infrastructure <…> we have calculated the cost of needed infrastructure, it currently reaches around RUB 4 billion — Grigory Smolyak, Head of Department, Ministry for Development of Far East of Russian Federation.

As of today, around 1,700-hectare holders have received support, mainly in agriculture. Around 30% of those who received grants issued by regions and the Ministry of Agriculture are holders of Far Eastern hectares — Sergei Khovrat, General Director, Agency for the Development of Human Capital in the Far Eastern Federal District.

Our investment project [greenhouse strawberry cultivation, – Ed.] actively fits in the Far Eastern hectare programme, and along with the state support, we are implementing a project together with Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. <…> We have the most successful interaction between business, authorities and science — Movses Barseghyan, Chief Executive Officer, Innovation Euro-Asian Trade House.

I would like to thank the state for the support, without which I would not have gone as far as build a farm with my own funds — Mikhail Utrobin, Recipient of a Far Eastern Hectare.

Far Eastern Hectare programme might be expanded

As for the service providing a hectare, almost everything is done. It is a unique service. Such a simplified procedure for land plot transfer does not exist anywhere else. I think this practice can be expanded to the territory of the whole country — Nikolay Nikolaev, Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Natural Resources, Property and Land Relations .

Including Zabaikalye and Buryatia in the Far Eastern Hectare programme is an important step. Buryatia is closer to the European part of the country, Lake Baikal and infrastructure are nearby — Nikolay Nikolaev, Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Natural Resources, Property and Land Relations .

ISSUES
Legislative limitations

A land plot [as part of the Far Eastern Hectare project, – Ed.], as it was stated, can be received really easily. But all the rest is not easy at all. We need more general and comprehensive change to the legislation — Nikolay Nikolaev, Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Natural Resources, Property and Land Relations .

The existing article of the Land Code on receiving plots for timber logging does not work. The forest resources are so inaccessible and remotely located that it is easier to buy from professional timber producers — Sergei Surovtsev, Recipient of a Far Eastern Hectare.

A barrier that limits the participation of potential farmers who are holders of a hectare is the need to be registered as residents in the countryside in order to meet the formal criteria to take part in the Young Farmer programme — Mikhail Utrobin, Recipient of a Far Eastern Hectare.

Lack of coordination between the Far Eastern Hectare programme and other Far Eastern programmes

The second problem is that we need to decide on a strategy. We are simultaneously giving out hectares and discussing how to build a city of the future in the Far East. We need to decide where people are supposed to live – in a city of the future or in a hectare without infrastructure. We need to reconcile these two opposite trends; and it is clear that the tendency is against the hectare — Nikolay Nikolaev, Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Natural Resources, Property and Land Relations .

Absence of a mechanism for agricultural products marketing

There are not enough marketing associations. There are processing associations, but just few marketing ones. Marketing associations can sell various products: strawberries, milk, vegetables, ice cream — Olga Polozyukova, Deputy Director, Department of Agro-Industrial Complex Market Regulation, Ministry of Agriculture.

SOLUTIONS
Support for housing construction

A law has been drafted that increases the standard for timber harvesting for construction of a residential building up to 200 cubic metres. This privilege will be available for those who received land plots according to Federal Law no. 119. The draft law is very simple: in order to benefit from this privilege, one need to have a land plot with the corresponding land utilization type and a contract with a timber processing organization. This would allow to reduce construction costs. We think that this law is very timely, it will provide incentives to producers of wooden housing components and help people build their own houses — Mikhail Petrov, Acting Vice Governor of Primorsky Territory.

According to polls, one of the main requests of Far Eastern hectare holders was to cover construction costs and provide soft mortgage conditions <…> that is how we came up with the idea to introduce soft mortgage with 2% interest rate. We expect that around 5,300 people will participate in this project — Sergei Khovrat, General Director, Agency for the Development of Human Capital in the Far Eastern Federal District.

Expansion of privileges for farmers

Those farmers who invested their own money before using the 90/10 expenditure co-financing programme and can confirm these expenses should enjoy a simplified procedure of paying these 10% — Sergei Surovtsev, Recipient of a Far Eastern Hectare.

This year the scope of grant provision has been expanded. It is possible to receive grants for project financing. There were many requests to eliminate the requirement to hire employees during the first year of project implementation. We have eliminated this requirement for new farmers — Olga Polozyukova, Deputy Director, Department of Agro-Industrial Complex Market Regulation, Ministry of Agriculture.

Help with farm production marketing

It is very difficult for small producers to become part of our network. <…> With such amounts of trade, we need to have a network, a system, regulations. We decided to create a ‘Made in the Far East’ project. This is a platform that will provide farmers with all necessary services, starting from standardization and becoming part of our informational catalogues to logistics of getting into our network. In this project we are ready to take products from farmers and set up electronic document flow, so that they are sold in our stores as soon as possible — Lev Volkov, Chief Executive Officer, Samberi Retail Chain.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS