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The State Duma has adopted a law on assessment of results of agricultural support programmes

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The State Duma has adopted a law creating an expert commission to assess the results of state programmes for agricultural development and regulation of markets for agricultural products, raw materials and food.

The Commission will provide an opinion containing an assessment of results of the implementation and effectiveness of each subprogramme, the degree to which its objectives have been achieved as part of the broader context of state agrarian policy, and recommendations for changes to these subprogrammes. The conclusion will be provided to the state authorities and published in mass media.

The Commission will include participation of independent experts, representatives of agricultural producers’ unions and other non-profit organisations, and representatives of federal and regional authorities. Civil servants may not make up more than one third of commission members. Additionally, the deadline for preparation and publication of the annual national report on progress and results of the implementation of the state programme of agricultural development has been changed: the report will now be approved by the Government of the Russian Federation by 15th July. At present, the Russian Ministry of Agriculture prepares and publishes this report by 15th May.

The national report will contain the results of the state agricultural support programme for the past year as a whole, as well as in relation to individual activities, and in the event of a programme’s completion – for the relevant period of its realisation, along with key indicators for agricultural development in accordance with government programmes and their goals and action steps.

Among these indices are gross agricultural and food production; investments in agriculture; village incomes; indicators of basic food consumption per person per year; the balance of revenues from foreign trade in food products; indicators of the share of Russian food products on the domestic consumer market; and others.

The report will also present information on the use of performance indicators for realisation of key programme activities; government programmes and their financing. The law goes into effect from 1st January 2019.

Source: RIA Novosti



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