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MOSCOW, November 10 Russian winegrowers will plant 6 thousand hectares of new vineyards in 2024, the area of planned plantings is 20% more than in 2023 year, follows from the speech of Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Marina Afonina during the Russian Wine Forum.
“This year we expect to plant about 5 thousand hectares of vineyards, and next year, according to the regions, it will be more than 6 thousand hectares,” Afonina said.
According to her, the industry, due to its long investment cycle, requires special attention and support, which is why last year all measures were combined into the federal project “Stimulating the Development of Viticulture and Winemaking.” “This year, 3.5 billion rubles were allocated from the federal budget for the project, and about 400 million rubles from the regions, so almost 4 billion were allocated this year. And based on the results of amendments made to the State Duma to the second reading of the draft budget, such same amount,” she clarified.
The deputy minister also said that the ministry, as part of the subsidization, is working on one more indicator – the area of maintenance work, in addition to the two existing ones – for planting vineyards and caring for plantings in fruit-bearing condition. “It was introduced on the recommendation of the Accounts Chamber, we are now working with the federal executive authorities (federal executive authorities – ed.), we hope that we will introduce it next year,” Afonina said.
She also recalled that according to the amendments to the law on viticulture and winemaking adopted in June, state support in the form of budget funding can be provided for the purchase of seedlings only of domestic production, but at the same time for care work – for the vineyards planted from seedlings of both domestic and foreign production.
The Deputy Minister also said that the regions of the Russian Federation are using the funds allocated from the budget almost completely. “We have not very large, almost tiny refusals from regions that could not reach their recipients, less than 2 million rubles. We managed to redistribute this amount to those regions that need it,” said Afonina.
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