On May 28, 2019 in the framework of the "Meat and Poultry Industry Russia" exhibition, the "Agrarian Policy of Russia. Today and future" summit has been opened. At the event, its participants discussed important for Russian agro-industrial complex safety and quality issues of protein products, topical issues, rules and recommendations on exporting protein positions.

The morning session "Safety and product quality: production of animal and vegetable origin proteins, fodder base" gathered leading Russian and foreign experts in animal production, scientists, representatives of fodders and protein products manufacturing companies. Alexey Alekseenko, Counsel of the Head of Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance), Elena Averyanova, Head of Agro-Industrial Policy Cooperation Division of Agro-Industrial Policy Department, Eurasian Economic Commission, Vladimir Fisinin, President of the Russian Poultry Union, Doctor of Economics, Yuri Kovalev, General Director of the National Union of Pig Breeders, Tatyana Stepina, Executive Director of the Union of Compound Animal Feedstuff Producers and other famous experts participated.

Foreign experts presented the international view on the problems of safety and quality of protein products to the summit participants. For example, Julian Wiseman, professor of animal husbandry at the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) from the US Soybean Export Council, spoke about the alternative sources of protein for non-ruminant animals - feedstuff based on peas or soybeans. Virginijus Slausgalvis, Innovad Company (Belgium) Business Development Director for the Baltic States and the CIS, shared his experience in the production of high-quality meat and bone meal. According to him, some enterprises are afraid to launch this product because of the existing risks for meat and bone waste disposal. However, a properly organized production is safe, and meat and bone meal at the same time serves as an effective source of protein in feedstuff.

The President of the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), Daniel Berkovici, has reminded the participants of the event that Russia is one of the important players in the global feed market. Production of animal feed within the country has already exceeded 37 million tons. Mastering new feed technologies, introducing cutting edge feed ingredients to the ration will increase feedstuff efficiency at Russian livestock plants and will reduce feed conversion, he said.

Svetlana Barsukova, General Director of Agrosila (Tatarstan), said that technologization and innovations are now the main competitive advantage of agro-businesses. They are also the key to the production of high-quality and safe agricultural products. "Possessing 324 thousand hectares of land, where we cultivate various crops, as well as 12 activities and 25 plants, we understand better than anyone that the importance of investing in technologies has already become equal to investing in personnel," she noted in her speech. The holding company itself is today actively introducing digitalization in all its units. In particular, that is remote control of certain operations, automation of business processes, lean production, cost management and, as the final phase, single-window analytics that all help make prompt and unimpaired management decisions.

On the first day of the summit several special sessions also took place. During the "Safety of feed and foods: Getting ready for the future", GMP + certification issues were covered.

A separate cluster of the summit’s work are special seminars: "Strategic partnership of science and business in agriculture: food security “from the field to the counter”" organized by FSBI "ARRIAH", as well as "Medicine drugs for veterinary use: today and future" organized by FSBI "VGNKI" (All-Russian State Center for Quality and Standardization of Medicines for Animals and Feed).

Participants analyzed the use of modern veterinary drugs and the possibility of preventing epidemics and pandemics among farm animals and poultry. Thus, Andrey Pershin, a senior researcher at ARRIAH reference laboratory for African swine pest, told how to treat the spread of a dangerous virus using molecular genetic research. The emergence of new analysis methods is particularly important, given the fact that every year the ASP affects more and more regions of the country. In his turn, the leading veterinarian of ARRIAH reference laboratory of cattle diseases Pavel Prutnikov told about the features of diagnosis and prevention of infectious nodular dermatitis in cattle.

The participants of the partnership seminar LLC "Hog Slat RUS" discussed the successful launch of an innovative multiplying farm for 11.6 thousand sows with combined nursery areas. And during the event LLC "ProfKholod" presented the opportunities of using energy-efficient materials in farms.

"The great interest of the participants in the exhibition to the problems discussed at the summit has proven that we chose the required format, allowing experts from various areas of the agro-industrial complex to exchange opinions, to share experiences and to develop solutions for various challenges that the industry faces," says Nariner Bagmanyan, Head of Asti Group Company which is the organizer of the event. "The implementation of innovations and modern technologies, which the experts and participants of the agrarian market talked about at the summit, will help not only to increase the competitiveness of Russian products in the international arena, to reduce the cost of agricultural products, but it will also allow to provide the population of Russia and other countries with safe and high-quality products."

Press service of Asti Group exhibition company