The Second Russian Grain Forum, organized by the Russian Union of Grain Exporters supported by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, took place in Sochi, Black Sea Coast, Russia, on May 18-20.
More than 400 delegates from 190 companies representing the main grain-producing regions of the country participated in the Forum. The event was attended by high-ranking foreign guests from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Algeria and Turkey.
The Minister of Agriculture Dmitriy Patrushev gave a speech during the official opening of the Forum. He covered various topics in his speech, namely the prospects for the development of grain export, measures to support agricultural producers, the main challenges in selection, seed production, the improvement of transport and logistics infrastructure and other areas.
The Minister also noted that the record grain harvest of 2022 strengthened Russia's position among the largest producers. In particular, our country accounted for more than 13% of the world's total wheat and almost 16% of barley crop.
The plenary session was opened by the First Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Oksana Lut. She indicated that, despite the complexity and challenges of recent years, domestic companies fulfilled all the tasks set to ensure domestic food security and export development.
Eduard Zernin, chairman of the board of the Union, spoke about the support received by the members of the union:
The Russian Union of Grain Exporters unites 28 companies that export 80% of grain. Membership in the organization implies high professional standards — we have a high level of support and interaction. I am very glad that today we are discussing the results of what we planned for ourselves at the last event, and according to many indicators, we not only achieved what we wanted, but also set records.