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10 December 2018

Natalia Mamonova: The development of large-scale agriculture in Russia and Ukraine follows a very similar trajectory despite legislative, institutional and political differences

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Russia and Ukraine are often compared to each other with regard to their agricultural and rural development. These countries are the region’s major agricultural producers, in which farmland is the target for national and international capital investments. Despite the slightly different institutional design and the speed of the post-Soviet land...

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07 December 2018

Damate to invest $30 million in lamb production

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Damate Group, a Russia-based agroholding, intends to invest RUB 2 billion ($30 million) in lamb production in the Stavropol region of Russia. The company plans to launch a feedlot for 32,000 heads, a slaughterhouse with a capacity of up to 400 heads per hour and a processing plant with a capacity of 96 tonnes of lamb meat per hour. The annual...

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06 December 2018

Prodimex and EkoNiva to launch dairy farms

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Prodimex, Russia’s largest landowner and leading sugar producer, intends to close its dairy farms for 4,500 cows in the Voronezh region of Russia. In addition, Prodimex will launch three innovative dairy farms for 8,400 cows in cooperation with Russia’s largest milk producer EkoNiva. One of the farms is to be launched in the upcoming days, while...

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06 December 2018

Rusmolco launched a seed plant

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Rusmolco, a Russian agroholding, affiliated with Singapore’s Olam International, started producing crop seeds. The company has already invested over RUB 300 million ($ 4.5 million) in the seed plant in the Penza region of Russia. Currently, the production capacity of the plant is 10 tonnes per hour and is expected to reach 25,000 tonnes per year....

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05 December 2018

Promagro to allocate 5,000 hectares for flax cultivation

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Promagro holding, a vertically integrated agroholding engaged in crop and pork production, intends to allocate 5,000 hectares in the Smolensk region of Russia for flax cultivation. According to the company, up to 40% out of this farmland area has been abandoned for about 20 years. The process of farmland reintegration is expected to be completed in...

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05 December 2018

Steppe agroholding acquired RostZernoTrans

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Steppe agroholding, one of the largest agroholdings in Russia and a subsidiary of the AFK Sistema corporation, bought out all assets of RostZernoTrans Group – 6 enterprises including grain elevators and a port terminal on the Don river. The total storage capacity of the purchased elevators equals 400,000 tonnes and the daily capacity of the...

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04 December 2018

Sancor closes another plant

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The Argentina-based dairy cooperative SanCor closed its factory in Bahía Blanca and dismissed its personnel in the amount of 40 people. Besides, SanCor announced the decision to close all its logistics centers in the country due to the economic crisis the company is facing at the moment. In the last 2 years, Sancor reduced the number of its staff...

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03 December 2018

Frimesa postpones the launch of a meat plant

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The Brazilian meat producer Frimesa postpones the launch of Brazil’s largest plant for pork-based products in Assis Chateaubriand. As reported by the company, the main factors behind the delay are the reduced inner market demand for meat, the sprawling bureaucracy and the political, economic and administrative instability in Brazil.

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03 December 2018

Natalia Mamonova: Rural population doesn’t oppose, but often welcomes large-scale land investments in Russia and Ukraine

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One of the main characteristics of agriculture in the post-socialist countries is its dualistic structure - large and small farms coexist in countries such as Russia or Ukraine beside each other. But how has the relationship between these two forms of farming been? Do they cooperate or compete against each other? In an attempt to answer these...

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29 November 2018

EkoNiva to invest $ 1 billion in milk processing

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EkoNiva, the largest producer of raw milk in Russia, plans to invest RUB 70 billion ($ 1 billion) in the construction of milk processing facilities during the next 7 years. By 2025, the company plans to process the whole volume of milk produced by its farms. As of today, EkoNiva’s farms produce 1,500 tonnes of raw milk per day while the company’s...

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