Vladimir Putin discussed Russia’s food security with farmers

The president launched a poultry business in Tyumen.  Photo: Mikhail Metzel/POOL/TASS

The president launched a poultry business in Tyumen. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/POOL/TASS

On Monday Vladimir Putin discussed with farmers the food security of the country. The reason was the discovery of Tyumen region turkey breeding center.

“Such projects are significant and are designed to significantly strengthen our food security and independence, provide breeding stock to farms and improve product quality,” said the head of state.

Minister of Agriculture Dmitri Patrushev said that Russia is still dependent on imports of breeding poultry. For example, we are talking about eggs for poultry farms that guarantee good laying hens. But we reduce our dependence.

General director of the selection center “Change” Anatoly Komarov said that another large breeding farm for chickens was being built in the Moscow region.

– Are you a professional soldier? How did you get into the agro-industrial complex? Putin asked Komarov.

“I have served half my life in the military. But for the past nine years he has been teaching and working part-time at a poultry complex.

– Rocket builder? the president clarified. – Rocketeers know how to hit the target. I’m sure everything will be fine here.

Agricultural Sergei Novikov complained to the head of the country that China is not opening its market to our pork. But we could export meat worth a billion dollars there!

“We are in contact with our Chinese friends, I am sure we can come to an agreement,” the president promised.

At the end, the Russian leader concluded that the country has largely begun to fully provide itself with food. We exported one meat for $1.5 billion a year! Milk production is still lagging behind, but consumption is fully covered by Belarus.

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at