A new agricultural center with Israeli technology will be set up near the city of Vladivostok, Primorye Territory Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky said on November 13. An agreement to set up the center was signed by the Primorye Administration and Biotecmarket, a Russian-Israeli company, during the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok in September 2015. The Primorye center will be the first of 15 agricultural product wholesale and distribution centers in Russia using Israeli technology.
According to Miklushevsky, around 60 percent of the space at the center will be occupied by specially equipped storages facilities for vegetables, fruit, potatoes, meat, fish and other products. Produce will be procured from local farmers, he added.
“We really liked the Israeli technology and were able to include the Primorye Territory on the list of places, where such centers would be set up,” Miklushevsky said. He added that using this technology would also help increase the territory’s production of grain, vegetable, meat, dairy and other food products, and improve storage conditions.
About 400 people will be employed in logistics and service jobs by the center. A single payment network will be established for all transactions, keeping out “shady deals,” which, according to the Agriculture Ministry still make up at least 20 percent of transactions in the Russian market. “Currently we don’t have a top-level wholesale system: producers are forced to collaborate with intermediaries, the products go through middlemen before coming to the final user,” project director and Primorye Deputy Governor Sergei Sidorenko said. The new scheme would bypass redundant links in the chain, he added.
The agreement with Biotecmarket will also give the Primorye Territory an opportunity to build a center for transplanting cattle embryos. “It is expensive to import highly productive breeding cows from afar and this technology will help us get 10-20 calves from one elite cow and thus greatly reduce the costs of breeding the herds,” Miklushevsky said.
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