Irina Kiviko: Crimeans are provided with dairy products and cheeses despite sanctions

Residents of the Republic of Crimea, due to the introduction of import substitution programs, are reliably provided with dairy products and cheeses despite international sanctions imposed by the Russian Federation.

This was announced by Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers – Minister of Finance of the Republic of Crimea Irina Kiviko, visiting the largest producer in the republic in
Dzhankoy city.

On the working trip, First Deputy Minister of Economic Development Anushavan Aghajanyan and Director General of the Crimea Development Corporation Daniil Pidaev accompanied the Deputy Prime Minister.

"We can see wonderful cheeses, dairy products produced by our Crimean factory. It is made from our delicious and high-quality milk. The company employs professional engineers, technologists who know and love production. This is our worthy response to international sanctions. Crimeans are reliably provided with dairy products," Irina Kiviko said.

The Deputy Prime Minister inspected workshops, bottling lines for milk, yoghurts, butter, cottage cheese, sweet glazed cheeses, soft, semi-hard and hard cheeses, including Crimean camembert, parmesan and other premium cheeses.

She highly appreciated the organization of production and the careful attitude of employees to the quality of products.

The company, according to her, received the status of a subject of a Free Economic Zone in 2015 and is successfully developing. Last year, more than RUB 180 million were paid to the budget. Over 1,100 people were employed.

"I am pleased to note that the Free Economic Zone allows the company to additionally invest in its production. From 2015 to 2021, the annual volume of investment has more than tripled," Irina Kiviko said.

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The Russian authorities have begun the transition to the maximum rejection of imports. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin demonstrated his readiness for this at a meeting with deputy prime ministers on February 28, announcing the completion of the development of a new plan of measures against Western sanctions. Experts believe that the main tool for avoiding dependence on imports will be the creation of their own production facilities.

To date, the Dzhankoy Dairy Plant "Novator" is the largest producer of dairy products in the Republic of Crimea.

The production capacity of the enterprise allows processing up to 450 tons of milk per day. The company is certified according to international standards of safety and quality management.