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26-th International exhibition of agricultural machinery, equipment and materials for crop production
19-22 November 2019 • Russia, Krasnodar, Expograd Yug

Moscow vs Krasnodar: an agricultural showdown

When people think of Russia, inevitably their thoughts stay to Moscow with Red Square, St. Basil’s and all its wonderful charm. But Russia offers so much more than just its capital – especially when it comes to agriculture.
Moscow vs Krasnodar: an agricultural showdown
While Moscow may be the biggest Russian city by around 10 million inhabitants, and its greater surrounding area the most populated in Russia, it is outshone in some key areas by other provinces. 
Krasnodar, a southern province on the shores of the Black Sea, eclipses Moscow as the premier agricultural province in Russia. For Russians, it’s where million tons of the foodstuffs they eat every day comes from. For suppliers of machinery and agricultural equipment, it’s where the opportunities are.

Krasnodar beats Moscow’s agricultural output

According to data from Rosstat, the Russian state statistics agency, Moscow is responsible for around 2.4% of total national harvests. Krasnodar, on the other hand, holds 10% of overall agricultural output – or 14 million tons.
Comparatively, that puts the volume of produce harvested by Moscow farmers at around 3.36 million tons. This is nothing to be sniffed at, but is roughly five times smaller than Krasnodar’s output.
In fact, Krasnodar is responsible for 2% of worldwide cereal crop supplies.
Total production values are naturally higher in Krasnodar, which stands to reason: the bigger the harvest, the more products there are to sell. In monetary terms, Krasnodar’s farmers’ crops are worth around $6.8 billion a year. Their Muscovite cousins generate $1.18 billion worth of revenues for the Russian economy with their activities.

Moscow: strong vegetable growing but low on cereal production

Moscow’s main agricultural strength is in vegetable cultivation. It holds a competitive advantage in terms of open-field grown vegetables, where the region ranks 5th overall in Russia. It is also a key producer of greenhouse vegetables – a key driver of Russia’s agricultural sector right now.
Potatoes, cucumbers, and tomatoes are emerging as Moscow’s speciality crops. Expect to see the variety of products grown and harvested in the Moscow region going forward, as a region-wide investment programme in greenhouse construction comes online.
That said, Krasnodar leads the way in Russian greenhouse construction right now – so hottest demand for necessary equipment and machinery is coming from there. 
Various Moscow agroholdings and industrial farms are responsible for the province’s 4th place position in Russian potato production.
One big reason why Moscow lags behind some of the other regions, and Krasnodar in-particular, is the face a large chunk of its hectarage is given over to grazing land. In fact, Moscow’s agricultural sector is split 61.7%/38.3% between crop and livestock farming.
Where Krasnodar truly trumps Moscow is in the area of cereal crop production. For context, cereals are a killer commodity for Russia’s economy right now, overtaking arms sales as their second largest export group the past two years running.
Moscow’s rankings in cereal output are not particularly encouraging. Just take a look:
Triticale – 23rd place
Corn – 33rd place
Wheat – 37th place
Oats – 39th place
Rye – 39th place
The Krasnodar region blitzes Moscow on the bulk of these, with its main crops being wheat, sugar beet, and corn. 

Moscow is a key driver of demand for agricultural machinery – but Krasnodar drives harder

Agricultural equipment and technology suppliers, alongside crop machinery manufacturers, can already see the writing on the wall here. While Moscow is an impressive agricultural market in and of itself, it falls behind Krasnodar in terms of generating demand for new products.
According to Fedor Derek, Minister of Agriculture of Krasnodar, RUB12.8 billion ($223.8m) was spent on modern farming machinery and equipment across the region in 2017. Further investment is happening throughout Krasnodar right now.

Poor agricultural equipment pools nationwide a major industry issue
While we have been pitching Krasnodar and Moscow off against each other for selling oppportunities, Russia as a whole is full of new business potential.

The need to update machinery fleets and equipment pools is very much a nationwide concern. From Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea to Vladivostok’s Pacific beaches, west to east, north to south, crop farming equipment is out of date and nearing obsolescence.
Fleet sizes of important equipment varieties have dropped off significantly since 2007:
• Ploughs – -57%
• Seeders - -52%
• Tractor fleet – -51%
• Grain harvesters - -50%
• Forage harvesters - -49%
• Cultivators - -47%
This is a country-wide phenomenon, not restricted to either Krasnodar or Moscow.
While demand stretches from coast to coast, there is only one place in Russia to capture this demand: international agricultural machinery and crop farming event YugAgro.

Join as at YugAgro: Russia’s international agricultural machinery and crop farming equipment exhibition

YugAgro is the largest international agricultural machinery and equipment exhibition. It is Russian agriculture’s meeting place – and the place to meet Russia’s top buyers.
The exhibition is the only event of its kind in Russia
From private farmers to heads of major agroholdings, YugAgro puts exhibiting companies directly in touch with the buyers who matter most.
What’s more, YugAgro is held in Krasnodar, placing machinery and equipment suppliers directly in the heart Russian agriculture.
To get more information on the show, please feel free to contact our team with any questions or queries you have.