The 10th Nevsky International Ecological Congress, to be held on 25–26 May in St. Petersburg’s Tavricheskiy Palace, will award the winners of the second All-Russian competition for achievements in the development of Russian organic products. The winners will be chosen in 11 categories. Applications for the competition will be accepted until 10 March in a special section on the Roskachestvo website.
The 10th Nevsky International Ecological Congress is organized by the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS Member States and the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation. The Roscongress Foundation is the operator of the event.
The All-Russian Organic Excellence Competition is held under the auspices of the Federation Council together with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation and Roskachestvo with the support of the Organic Foundation. The regulation of the competition is approved by Dmitry Patrushev, Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, and Andrey Yatskin, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council. Applications are accepted by the National Competence Centre for the Development of Organic and Green Products of Roskachestvo.
Participants of the competition can include regions of the Russian Federation, certified producers of organic products, retail organizations, organizations involved in online trading, media, or bloggers. There is also a separate nomination ‘Best youth project to promote organic products’ for citizens aged 14 to 35 years.
More and more Russians are thinking about the environment and the environmental impact of the products we consume. According to a survey by the Roskachestvo Centre for Consumer Behavioural Research, in 2022 26% of Russians were willing to overpay for a product that causes minimal harm to the environment, compared to just 10% in 2020. Environmental friendliness of products has also become an additional incentive to buy organic products. While in 2020, 13% of respondents chose organic for the fact that its production does not harm the environment, in 2022 the figure rose to 23%.
The market for organic products in Russia is developing rapidly. According to Roskachestvo, the number of organic producers in the country increased by 46% in 2022 (from 100 at the beginning of the year to 146). At the moment, the number of valid certificates of compliance with organic production is more than 200.
In December 2022, half of Russia became organic: 45 regions of the country now have certified organic producers. The top 10 organic regions of Russia include: Voronezh Region – 16 producers, Krasnodar Region – 12, Moscow Region – 9, Republic of Mordovia – 7, Yaroslavl Region – 6, Republic of Tatarstan – 5, Belgorod Region – 5, Kaluga Region – 5, Novgorod Region – 5, Novosibirsk Region – 5, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District – Yugra – 5.
You can find out the latest news about the competition, as well as interesting information about the development of organic products in the country by subscribing to the Federation Council’s Telegram Channel: t.me/organic_for_us.