The Union has drafted a direct supply of grain from grain producers directly to its foreign customers, implemented in signing:
- Tripartite Memorandum with Terra Biroya (United Arab Emirates) and Condor Services (Arab Republic of Egypt) on the organization of an investment partnership to organize a channel for the direct supply of Russian grain to the Middle East and North Africa in the form of the Trans-regional Corridor "Russia - Middle East - Africa" (RUMEA);
- Agreement on cooperation between the National Union of Grain Producers, the Russian Business Council in Dubai and the Northern Emirates and the Russian-Emirate Business Council.
With the countries of South-East Asia, the development of cooperation on the issues of the agro-industrial complex is formalized by signing:
- Agreement on strategic partnership between Russian farmers and the Union of Indonesian Farmers;
- The Beijing program, which is successfully implemented by the National Union of Grain Producers and the National Union of Barley, Malt, Hop and Non-Alcoholic Producers. The main goal is to organize the production of brewing barley in the Siberian Federal District with further export to China. It should be noted that Chinese processors are showing great interest in placing orders for the production of brewing barley in the territory of Russia.
The NHS builds long-term cooperation with the producers of organic flour in Italy. An agreement was signed on the intentions of organizing organic grain production in Russia with its further sale in Russia, Italy and the EU countries. This project will become a base for researching opportunities for the production and trade of Russian biological products in the domestic and European markets.
Within the framework of the development of the European vector of cooperation during the reporting period, the interaction in the agrarian sphere with state, commercial and sectoral public organizations of the Republic of Serbia was systematically built.
The main interests in the development of the Russian-Serbian cooperation of the Union are:
1. Development of interaction in the field of seed production and selection of seed material.
Interaction in the framework of this issue is planned to be carried out in several stages:
- Participation in the organization of deliveries to the territory of the Russian Federation of Serbian seed material of grain crops is, first of all, highly productive maize hybrids, modern selection of sunflower, soybean seeds, etc .;
- Assistance in the establishment of seed plants in the territory of the Russian Federation with the possibility of settling issues of ownership rights to the Serbian selection achievements.
Preliminary talks have already been held with the leadership of several regions of the Central Federal District.
2. Transfer of Serbian technologies for the full cycle of production of fruit and berry products to the Russian Federation.
The Agro-industrial complex of the Republic of Serbia has accumulated unique experience in the cultivation, processing and sale of fruit and berry products. Partner organizations and union members are interested in transferring this experience and technology to the Russian Federation in order to reduce the level of import dependence on foreign deliveries of this product, and invest in the Russian agribusiness in order to create new profitable enterprises in the industry.
3. Promotion of microbiological products of Russian production in the territory of the Republic of Serbia.
To date, the most common method of plant protection in agriculture is the chemical method. Despite the advantages of chemical plant protection products, this method of treatment contains negative consequences of their use. Thus, chemicals inevitably cause profound changes in ecosystems, due to their wide range of toxic effects on all living organisms.
One of the enterprises, a member of the NHS, suggests using biological methods of plant protection, as well as in the production of feed for farm animals using feed additives based on microorganisms.
Serbian partners showed an active interest in the supply of biological products from the Russian Federation, and a preliminary agreement was reached to conduct experiments on the basis of the Serbian Institute for Fielding and Vegetable Growing (Novi Sad).
4. Exchange of information on the situation in the grain markets of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Serbia and target sales markets.
Despite the fact that Serbia is, like Russia, a grain-producing state that annually exports grain to the international market, the NHS does not consider Serbian farmers as their competitors, in the narrow sense of the word, since, due to the vast territories of the Russian Federation, Russian grain producers can produce a wider range of varieties and quality of grain products, in demand, including in European markets.
At the same time, building relations with Serbian grain producers on a partnership basis will allow for a wide information exchange with respect to both the functioning of the grain complex of the Republika Srpska and the markets for the sale of grain products, including the organic grain market. As a result, in the opinion of the NHS, this will allow us to outline the niche grain needs of the markets of European countries and ensure the supply of these goods from the Russian Federation.
The level of relationships and interest in strengthening them is also underscored by the fact that the NHS meetings with the Serbian side were supported by the Russian Ambassador to Serbia, Alexander Chepurin, as well as the participation of the First Deputy Minister and State Secretary of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia, Bogdan Iguich, representative of the Russian Federation in Serbia, Andrei Khripunov.
As a result of the meetings, the Agreement on Cooperation and Cooperation with the Union of Grain of Serbia was signed with the aim of creating a solid organizational basis for building mutually beneficial relations in the agrarian sphere, including the bilateral exchange of scientific and technical achievements, experience and technologies for agricultural production.
At the last meeting of the Intergovernmental Russian-Serbian Committee for Trade, Economic and Scientific and Technical Cooperation, it was decided that "the Parties (Russia and the Republic of Serbia) expressed their readiness to provide state support to bilateral Russian-Serbian projects in the field of agriculture."
The development of similar Russian-Croatian cooperation in the agrarian sphere is also seen as promising.
In the current year, the foundation was laid for the successful development of Russian-Greek business cooperation.
The result of the first meeting with the Minister of Agriculture of Greece Evangelos Apostol was the decision to prepare a joint road map. The composition of the working group was agreed upon, which will work on the content of the projects, which will subsequently be submitted to the Russian-Greek intergovernmental commission for consideration. The next meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission is scheduled for November 2017.
Thus, the National Union of Grain Producers continues to expand the capabilities of Russian agrarians in the international arena. The Union's strategy aimed at developing the domestic grain complex provides for the entry of Russian grain producers to high margin foreign markets and the establishment of direct contracts with consumers of cereals from other countries. To create the conditions for building partnership relations between the representatives of the grain community and the resolution of operational issues, the representation of the NHS in Paris was opened at the Trade Mission of the Russian Federation in the French Republic.