On Thursday, November 16, the DPR Head, Alexander Zakharchenko, inspected the completion of the work on laying an apple orchard in the village of Kuznetsovo-Mikhailovka, the Telmanovsky district of the Donetsk People's Republic.
The DPR Head noted the important role of horticulture in the state economic sector and in ensuring the food security of the DPR.
"Filling the market with domestic products at the most affordable price is a guarantee of state's food security," the Head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko, said.
The work on planting some 400 hectares of apple trees of five breeds, which will provide the first harvest in 2018, started in the village of Kuznetsovo-Mikhailovka, the Telmanovsky district, in the spring of 2017.
The Head of the Republic appreciated the work done and talked with the agrarians.
"Honestly, I'm impressed with the level of work done. It is really noticeable that the project of the republican apple orchard is a good and necessary idea. Having domestic products, we will be able to guarantee our citizens first and foremost quality and reasonable prices. By the way, the products to be grown here are intended for our domestic market, and in the long term - for export," Alexander Zakharchenko said.
Besides, the DPR Head informed that the Republican leadership's plans were to increase not only the garden area, but also add a number of other fruit cultivar.
"I assure that we will not dwell only on this orchard - this is the beginning of a large project. In the future, it is planned to plant nurselings of cherries, plums, and other fruit trees," he added.
The DPR Ministry of Agro-Industrial Policy and Food notes that in 5 years, when the garden would come into full force, it is planned to grow up to 4 thousand tons of fruits per year.
Official translation by DONi News Agency