Ulyanovsk region and the Central Union of Consumer Societies of the Russian Federation reached an agreement on social and economic cooperation

On 21 April, the document was signed at the Consumer Cooperation Forum of Centrosojuz of the Russian Federation in Kazan by the Governor Sergey Morozov, the Chairman of the Board of Centrosojuz of the Russian Federation Dmitry Zubov and the Chairman of the regional Union of Consumer Societies Konstantin Ineshin.

 The agreement is aimed at the development of consumer cooperation in the countryside. It is necessary to create such conditions in the territory of the region that will help to maintain and develop infrastructure of rural areas, to improve services and quality of life of country population, to upgrade the system of storing and processing of agricultural production through implementation of new technologies. The parties also agreed to increase employment all over the Ulyanovsk region’s countryside by means of collaboration between owners of private households and establishments. The documents also includes expansion of the list of services in a manner that they would be available to all people.

According to the Governor of the Ulyanovsk region Sergey Morozov, consumer cooperation provides many advantages, from stable production distribution and reduced prices for expendable and seed materials to employment and development of social infrastructure in the rural areas.

“In 2016 we launched the priority regional project "Development of Consumer Cooperation in the territory of the Ulyanovsk Region". First, the project-based approach allowed us to attract a wide range of participants to development and implementation of the project and to choose an optimum management system by creating design offices on cooperation development. Secondly, we used resources of many tools for development created in the region. This includes the Ulyanovsk Trust Fund and the Information and Counselling Centre of the agroindustrial complex. We also receive help from the Central Union of Consumer Societies of the Russian Federation”, – noted Sergey Morozov, the Governor of the Ulyanovsk region.

The Chairman of the Board of Centrosojuz of the Russian Federation Dmitry Zubov, in turn, said that the country needs to develop consumer cooperation. “Today there are all prerequisites for further development. The fact that more and more large companies make offers to cooperators proves it. However, it is high time for cooperators to learn how to organize themselves into enterprises. It will allow to enter new markets and to launch new activities”, – Dmitry Zubov noted.

In addition, the Governor Sergey Morozov made a speech at the conference "Cooperation and Economy of Sustainable Development. Challenges and Solutions", which took place within the Forum. The head of the Ulyanovsk region shared experience of successful work in the sphere of consumer cooperation. According to Sergey Morozov, about 70 new consumer cooperatives have been created in the region recently, which helped to create nine thousand jobs and doubled the number of cattle. The regional law on cooperation support has been adopted that includes unprecedented measures of support for rural population by means of the regional budget such as aid grants for milk (2-3 rubles per one liter of milk) and cows (20-25 thousand rubles per one bovine), construction of mini-farms (compensation of 50% of construction costs) and purchase of mini-greenhouses (compensation of 50% of the total costs).

Within the forum, the head of the region also examined the trade fair of production manufactured by Russian farmers and cooperators. Consumer union of the Ulyanovsk region took part in the event and presented UAZ Patriot Pickup in the framework of the programme "UAZ to Each Rural Family".

Other participants of the Forum in Kazan included representatives of public authorities, chairpersons of Consumer Unions, heads of territorial subjects of the Russian Federation, public organizations and business associations. At the conference, which took place within the forum, they discussed the present and future of consumer cooperation.