This year, 162 applicants who received state support from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Tatarstan as part of the national project ‘Small and Medium Enterprises and Support for Individual Entrepreneurial Initiatives’ work in farming, grow vegetables, raise fish, and are engaged in horse breeding and beekeeping. One of them, Rail Sattarov, received support in the amount of 2.9 million rubles for 120 bee families, the press service of the Tatarstan Ministry of Agriculture reported.
The farmer has been actively involved in beekeeping since 2005 and is the continuer of the ancestral traditions. In the past, his grandfather was a well-known beekeeper in the district where Rail lives now, then the Rail’s father continued this business, and now bees belong to Rail.
“Currently, I have 56 hives. Under the terms of the grant, by the autumn of this year, I will have to bring their number to 60, and by next year to 120. Using the funds received, I plan to build an omshanik for wintering bees with a capacity of 120 nests, a beekeeper’s house with all the necessary equipment and tools, buy a mini-tractor with agricultural units for cultivating the land, a UAZ car for transporting products, as well as working tools for beekeeping, and a generator,” Rail told.
It is specified that Rail owns more than 6 hectares of share land and 50 acres of leased land next to the forest. He is also going to include sowing the honey plant on the field. Sattarov is obliged to increase the volume of production this year to 700 kilogrammes of honey and to employ workers.