Agenda: Subsidies to agrarians for the purchase of agricultural equipment, the digital transformation of manufacturing industries, and additional funding for preferential mortgage programmes.
Mikhail Mishustin’s opening remarks:
Good afternoon, colleagues.
Before going to the Government meeting agenda, I would like to tell you about the adopted resolution on developing the agricultural sector.
The President noted that after the introduction of the sanctions, our producers managed to use the window of opportunity in this sector and gain serious momentum with Government support.
In order to sustain the momentum achieved by our domestic agricultural companies, we will allocate 8 billion roubles to this sector for the current year. These funds will be spent to supply the sector with agricultural equipment.
There are plans to provide the regions with almost 6,000 Russian and Belarusian tractors in the next few months. Agrarians will be able to buy them at discounted prices that will allow them to save up to one fifth of the equipment’s market value. The federal budget will make up for these discounts.
The percent of the subsidies on the purchase of equipment will depend on different factors, including the remoteness of the territory and the logistics network. So, it will total about 20 percent for the agro-industrial companies in the Far Eastern Federal District.
We hope the adopted decision will help make our agricultural producers more competitive and reduce their dependence on import purchases, while providing our people with quality food.
One more issue. The domestic industry continues confidently adapting to the external challenges. Companies are gradually developing new niches and expanding existing ones. To promote positive changes and support this drive, the Government has drafted, at the President’s instruction, a directive on the digital transformation of processing industries. We have discussed the main parameters of this at the recent strategy sessions with the business and expert communities.
Implementation of the document’s provisions will allow us to achieve national technological sovereignty and digital maturity in the processing industries. We will do this by building the relevant infrastructure, increasing the share of high-tech products and enhancing the efficiency of equipment, and thus, labour productivity. It is also important to make our products and decisions more competitive in the domestic and foreign markets, to expedite our research in the commercialisation of these products.
We will carry out five key eco-systemic projects. They provide for substantial expansion of artificial intelligence technology, domestic software for information protection, neurotechnology, mathematical modelling and virtual testing, robotics and mechatronics.
This new area will become part of the Combined Strategy for the Development of the Processing Industry that the Government is implementing now, and this is expected to have a positive impact on the GNP’s general dynamics, thereby improving the living standards of our people. It will help us reach the national development goals that the President has set.
Now let us get down to our current agenda.
The President emphasised that one of the main goals of every family is to ensure that they have decent housing conditions. The state should do all it can to help.
The Government is carrying out a large package of measures, including consistent support for preferential mortgage programmes. Over 2 million loans worth over 8.5 trillion roubles have been issued through these programmes.
Today, we will transfer an additional 95 billion roubles for these programmes. Of this sum, 46 billion will go into the family mortgage programme, 41 billion into the most popular preferential mortgage programme, and almost 8 billion roubles into the Far Eastern mortgage programme.
Overall, we are planning to provide about 700,000 loans under these programmes by the end of this year. This assistance will help more people buy a flat in a new building, a private house or a land plot for housing construction.