The message reads, in part:
“Today, the best farm machinery operators from many Russian regions and a number of foreign countries have gathered here in the Leningrad Region to compete in skills, share their experience, and discuss important professional problems.
In our country, cultivating the soil has always been an honourable profession that commanded great respect and required special qualities and sincere love for this work. It is gratifying that you preserve and develop the traditions of such creative, conscientious and painstaking work, demonstrating serious successes and achievements. Let me emphasise that the state will continue to support agricultural producers and promote the widespread introduction of innovative technologies and the implementation of large investment and infrastructure projects. Of course, our absolute priority is to improve the quality of life in rural areas and enhance the prestige of jobs in the agriculture sector. It is important that more and more young people choose to work in agribusiness. Such ambitious and useful initiatives as your championship certainly encourage this trend.”