MOSCOW, July 5. /TASS/. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is expected to chair the first meeting of a governmental commission for a comprehensive and steady development of rural areas.
Apart from Medvedev, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, and Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev, it will be attended by another ten minister and by other high-rank officials.
The commission was set up at the end of June 2016 to ensure coordination of actions of governmental institutions in the farming sector, fisheries and steady development of rural areas.
The data released by the government says the agricultural sector accounted for 4.4% GDP in 2015. Various agricultural associations put out 50.8% of all produce. Another 38.4% was produced by private household owners while unaffiliated farmers put out 10.8%.
Agricultural production grew 3.0% on the average in 2015.
The government has earmarked 215 billion rubles ($ 3.38 billion) in the federal budget for supporting various agricultural programs.
The commission will hold its meeting on the Matveyevskoye agricultural complex in to the west of Moscow.