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Russian Federation : Organic agriculture is interested in more and more producers.

More than 100 people took part in the events of the Union of Organic Agriculture in the framework of the "Golden Autumn." On the stand of the Union there were open consultations, master classes, meetings in which professional experts shared their experience, answered questions, and gave explanations. In the Union of Organic Agriculture consider that it's time for this industry to become more public. Organic agriculture should be seen and heard not only from high tribunes, but also, above all, "from the ground", from those who already have real experience. It is important that the information comes from competent sources. This task formed the basis for open events at the stand of the Union of Organic Agriculture.

"I'm glad for new acquaintances. It was useful to talk with the certification bodies, with the leadership of the Union of Organic Agriculture, with whom we were like-minded people, "Eduard Pochivalin, Deputy Director General of the eco-farm" Jersey ", certified according to international standards" organic ", shares his impressions. According to Eduard Pochivalin, the adoption of the federal law on organic agriculture remains very important. On this issue, the Union of Organic Agriculture, together with organic producers and the expert community, is working on proposals for the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation in the framework of providing a set of measures to create conditions for the sustainable development of organic agriculture.

The stand of the Union of Organic Agriculture was visited by the Executive Director of the International Federation for Organic Agriculture IFOAMMarkus Arbenz, who highly appreciated the activities and development strategy of the Union. Markus Arbnets stressed that organic farming is, first of all, an idea backed by a set of requirements. And it's not so important what certificate you have and if it is even if you share this idea and fulfill these requirements on your farm or enterprise.

The meeting of the Union of Organic Agriculture was held with the head of the plant growing and technical policy department of the Department of Agroindustrial Complex of the Kostroma Region Alexander Dmitrievich Zamyshlyaev, where the prospects for the sale of organic products were discussed. "At the POP stand, we got acquainted with new potential partners and discussed a number of interesting issues with experts. We are very pleased that the interest in organic farming issues has been increasing year by year, "says Elena Taganova, commercial director of the certification body" Control Union Certification ", which is a member of the Union of Organic Agriculture and is one of the twelve who have the official right to certify According to the international standards of "Organic" in Russia.

"The very idea of ??such a" conversation with an expert "proved to be very timely and in demand. There was a great interest on the part of manufacturers on how certification is carried out, the characteristics of the transition period, the requirements of the standard on the application of plant protection products. Many manufacturers are interested in the issue of parallel production (when the farm is only partially moving to the organic level), is this permissible and what special requirements are imposed in this case. This is understandable, since the management of organic farming requires significant investments from the producer at the initial stages and a gradual transition is one of the opportunities allowed by organic standards, "says Ksenia Firsova, an internationally accredited inspector,

Another topic, according to Ksenia Firsova, is the agitation of agricultural producers today - Russian legislation in the field of organic agriculture: the possibility of certification in accordance with GOST, the current status of the federal law and the consequences of its adoption. "These events at Golden Autumn showed that a diligent producer is increasingly interested in the opportunities to allocate their products on the market with the help of voluntary independent certification and as an expert it was important for me to clarify all the options for certification: both by international standards and by Russian standards, both public and private - for example, in the system of eco-certification "Leaf of Life", - says Ksenia Firsova.

Olga Kadushkina, the editor-in-chief of the magazine "Agrotime", notes an increase in interest in the topic: "The topic of organic farming has been discussed repeatedly on the pages of our publication. Agrarians are increasingly thinking about the fertility of the soil, not only as a source of income today, but also as a resource that must be preserved, and sometimes even revived, for future generations. In this issue there are many different opinions, the forum for discussion is our magazine, and the Union of Organic Agriculture is one of the main sources of information for us. We are open for a dialogue on organic farming with representatives of science and industry, the professional industry community. "

The Union of Organic Agriculture presented organic farming and within the framework of the business program "Golden Autumn". Chairman of the Board of the Union of Organic Agriculture Sergei Korshunov made a presentation on the state of the organic farming market in Russia and opportunities for cooperation at the Austrian business forum "On the Start: New Opportunities in Russian Agribusiness." At the invitation of the Department of Rural Development of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, at the conference "Agricultural Cooperation as an Instrument for Developing and Developing Markets for Small Agribusiness," Sergey Korshunov spoke about the experience of the agricultural consumer processing and marketing cooperative "Union of Organic Farmers of the Kuban"

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