Ulyanovsk region was noted at the federal level as a leader in development of consumer cooperation

The meeting of the Governor Sergey Morozov with the Chairman of Central Union of Consumer Societies of the Russian Federation (Centrosoyuz) Dmitry Zubov took place within the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The parties discussed issues regarding development of regional consumer cooperation system.

 As the Head of the federal agency noted, mutually beneficial relations between the Central Union of Consumer Societies of the Russian Federation and the Ulyanovsk region have been developing for a long time. The agreement on cooperation was signed in April 2017 between the Government of the Ulyanovsk region, Centrosoyuz of the Russian Federation and the regional union of consumer cooperatives. Within SPIEF-2017, an implementation plan of this document for 2017-2021 was approved.

“Each of three parties assumed obligations on development of consumer cooperation to the best of their ability. Today we signed a detailed plan of actions that provides concrete points and further development programme of the consumer cooperation system. The Ulyanovsk region is unique in its own way, the regional Government supports cooperatives here and we are working in close contact. We hope that at the next Forum we will speak about new and greater achievements of the Ulyanovsk cooperation”, – the federal expert emphasized.

The purpose of this agreement is to form a single policy focused on stimulation of consumer cooperation development in the countryside. “We aim to increase employment rate, income and quality of life of people who live in rural areas, as well as the food security. Creation of an expanded network of consumer cooperation will allow to overcome the whole range of challenges”, – the head of the region Sergey Morozov emphasized.

As the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources of the Ulyanovsk region Mikhail Semyonkin, recently about 70 new consumer cooperatives have been created in the region. At the premises of the enterprise nine thousand workplaces have been opened, the number of cattle has increased         twofold. The law on cooperation support has been adopted in the region. The regulation assumes unprecedented measures of support of rural population from means of the regional budget. This includes subsidies for milk (2–3 rubles per liter) and purchase of cows (20-25 thousand rubles per head), grants on construction of mini-farms (compensation of 50% of construction costs), and subsidies for purchase of mini-greenhouses (compensation of 50% of costs).

In order to provide consulting and methodical support of agricultural and consumer cooperatives and citizens who  are engaged in private subsidiary farming, a regional specialized center for development of entrepreneurship and cooperation was created in the Ulyanovsk region in early March. It is based on Technical School of Economy and Right of Centrosoyuz of the Russian Federation.

“Its activities will provide interaction between Centrosoyuz of the Russian Federation, the Ulyanovsk Regional Consumer Union, entrepreneurship development centers at the level of municipal districts and settlements, consumer cooperatives and societies. Today work is carried out to create a team that will develop educational products for various target groups. A draft of the training programme, which consists of seven training modules, has already been created. Together with the Project office we are making a list of topics which should be included into the training modules. I am sure that as a result of the center's work will help to inrease the number of people involved in cooperation, as well as the interest of youth in entrepreneurship and cooperative farm management will grow significantly”, – Sergey Morozov concluded.

The training programme for consumer cooperation has already been implemented in the Ulyanovsk region. Currently the educational campus has started its work in the territory of the region. It is planned that the campus will include several buildings that will be compactly located on the small territory. They will be intended for training, accommodation and leisure of young workers.