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DOLGOVGROUP AGROHOLDING COMPANY TO DEAL WITH THE LAND OF THE FEDERAL PENITENTIARY SERVICE IN THE KALININGRAD REGION

DOLGOVGROUP AGROHOLDING COMPANY TO DEAL WITH THE LAND OF THE FEDERAL PENITENTIARY SERVICE IN THE KALININGRAD REGION

An unprecedented public-private agreement in Russia was signed on Friday, 12 October, in the regional government in the presence of the regional governor Anton Alikhanov and director of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service Gennady Kornienko.

In accordance with the agreement, the agroholding company and the Federal Penitentiary Service will implement joint projects for food production and commissioning the agricultural land in the Kaliningrad region.

In particular, we are talking about a site with a total area of 6,005 hectares in the Gvardeisk urban district and more than 400 hectares in the Bagrationovsk municipality designed for unlimited use by Penal Colony Settlement 12 of the regional department of the Federal Penitentiary Service. It should be noted that most of the land (4,000 hectares) has not been used for a long time.

- We are planning to not only revive the once abandoned land but also restore the agricultural infrastructure items in the area (hoppers, warehouses, sheds, farms etc.) by re-including them in production’, the co-founder of the DolgovGroup agricultural holding company Alexander Dolgov said.

- We are actively cooperating with business representatives and have repeatedly spoken about the great potential for private and public partnership that would allow both business and our system to develop and succeed’, the director of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service Gennady Kornienko emphasised. – I think, our today’s signing will be a serious step in the activities.

In turn, the governor of the Kaliningrad region congratulated the parties to the agreement and expressed confidence that the work on land belonging to the regional department of the Federal Penitentiary Service will be carried out on mutually beneficial principles to benefit the agricultural development in the Amber Land.

Aleksandr Dolgov, a co-founder of the DolgovGroup agricultural holding company and Alexey Chirikov, head of the Kaliningrad Regional Department of the Federal Penitentiary Service put their signatures on the document.

At the moment, the parties to the agreement have begun to develop a phased plan for commissioning facilities. It is expected that the first work on the land cultivation of the Federal Penitentiary Service will begin in November 2018 and be completed by the end of 2019.

For reference: in the Kaliningrad region for 2011-2017, more than 180,000 hectares of unused agricultural areas were put into use. Currently, 486,000 hectares are involved in the agricultural production, 33% of the total agricultural area is not used.
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