The government of the Kamchatka territory plans to buy cheap mobile units for producing delicacies from reindeer meat, TASS reported.
On Wednesday, March 1st, Roman Vasilevskiy, deputy chairman of the regional government, who oversees agriculture, said that they intend to test meat processing equipment in reindeer-herding farms in the north of Kamchatka, especially in the tundra, in order to evaluate its effectiveness later.
Previously, in the villages, where the indigenous peoples of Kamchatka live, the municipal authorities were buying venison for social institutions, but in recent years, they have not been paying enough attention to this issue, Vasilevskiy noted. Now the government has redoubled their efforts towards the purchase program. Currently, there are nine reindeer herding enterprises working in the Kamchatka territory, however, they don’t process venison but instead just sell frozen raw meat. There is a small meat processing plant for producing canned meat and delicacies in Ust-Hairuzovo village in the Tigilsky district, however its capacity is obviously not enough for maintaining and development of reindeer husbandry, which is a traditional occupation of the indigenous peoples in the northern part of the peninsula.
The reindeer herders are supported by federal and regional programs. The government reimburses their costs for buying snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and radio sets. Now the government of the Kamchatka territory is faced with the task of introducing new venison processing technologies on site.