The season of regional fairs opens on Saturday, 1 April. Farm produce from 29 regions will be available there, said Natalya Sergunina, Deputy Mayor for Economic Policy and Property and Land Relations.
“The Moscow Government actively supports Russian farm producers, which motivates them to sell their produce in our city. We provide them with furnished market stalls free of charge,” she said.
Taking part in the fairs are the Penza, Ivanovo, Ryazan, Kaluga, Kursk, Lipetsk, Tambov, Bryansk, Voronezh, Astrakhan, Nizhny Novgorod, Belgorod, Tver, Pskov, Kostroma, Arkhangelsk, Vladimir and Tula regions, Stavropol and Altai territories, Udmurtia, Dagestan, Karachayevo-Circassia, Kalmykia, North Ossetia – Alania, Mari El and Adygea. Armenia and Belarus will also bring their farm produce.
According to Alexei Nemeryuk, Head of the Department of Trade and Services, a Moscow Government delegation regularly visits Russian regions and other countries to encourage farm producers to take part in the fairs. “In 2015 we visited over 15 regions, in 2016 the Lipetsk, Nizhny Novgorod and Astrakhan regions, Serbia and Belarus. In March this year our delegation visited Udmurtia,” he said.
Fairs will work in Moscow until late November. Regions can apply to participate during all this time. Stalls are allocated every month. In total, 28 sites have been approved as venues for fairs. Visitors can buy meat, dairy products, pastries, fruit, vegetables and souvenirs.