Union of organic agriculture (UOA) is a non-commercial independent public organisation established for the development of organic agriculture in Russia. This is a professional association of opinion allies, which serves as a basis for new business contacts, knowledge and experience exchange, working out of consolidated solutions in the field of sustainable development of organic agriculture in Russia.Date of establishment: March, 2013.
Members: peasant farm enterprises and manufacturing companies from Ryazan, Kaluga, Kostroma, Kursk, Kaliningrad, Rostov regions, Republics of Crimea and Bashkortostan, manufacturers of feeds, bio-fertilizers and pest control products, institutions for professional development and personnel training.
Mission of the Union of organic agriculture: Comprehensive advancement of organic agriculture development for the improvement of economic situation and sustainable development of rural areas.
The Union cooperates closely with the government authorities: Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation (participation in working out of the Federal Law on organic agriculture, National standard for organic agricultural products), Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation, State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Legislative assemblies and Deputies’ meetings of regions of constituent entities of the Russian Federation. Besides, the Union has over 300long-termpartners. Among them: Timiryazev Russian Agrarian University, All-Russian Scientific-Research Institute of Feeds named after V.R. Williams, All-Russian Institute for Agricultural Microbiology, Saint-Petersburg Agrarian University, State Agricultural Academy of Velikie Luki, Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry, All-Russian Society of Biotechnologists, company “Biotekhnologiya”, company “Zhivoe zemledelie” etc.
Measures and projects implemented by the Union:
•Three All-Russian Research and Practice Conferences on organic agriculture with the total number of participants exceeding 5000
•Cycle of free webinars on organic agriculture (more than 10 000 people from all over Russia)
•All-Russian Information Campaign in support of eco-products in 17 cities of the Russian Federation comprising the audience of 3 million people
•Participation in more than 70 field-specific events at the level of State Duma, Federation Council of Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, including international events
•Collecting expert judgments and arranging public discussion of the Federal bill on organic agriculture, representing interests of the industry in the Federal government authorities
For the period of work the Union initiated over 300 articles and coverages in federal, regional and field-specific mass media. The Union’s activities are covered on a regular basis by: Channel One, Rossiya-1, NTV, Moskva-24, Agro-TV, Kommersant, Vedomosti, Izvestiya, Rossiyskaya gezeta, AiF, Vesti FM etc.