The figure 36 billion rubles a year announced in April by the first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on agrarian and food policy and environmental management Sergey Lisovsky can lead to a rise in price of goods by 15%. And this figure is not final – only the production of labels for each product will cost that much. This amount does not include hundreds of thousands of euros that manufacturers will spend on the purchase of special equipment for printing these labels.
"There can be 5 or 10 production lines at the plant. So, for each line it will be necessary to buy a printer, the price of which is 10 thousand euros, the applicator - 19 thousand euros, a scanner - 3 thousand euros, a rejection machine - 10 thousand euros. And each manufacturer must have such a set", - said Lisovsky to “The Moskovsky Komsomolets”.
The DairyNews contacted several companies to find out if they were aware of these expenses. As it turned out, not everyone knows this.
"Of course, at first there were expenses for training. But since we have been working on this project for a long time, these expenses were not a surprise for us. We are primarily concerned not with how much we will spend, but what the result will be - a useful product for the consumer", commented Igor Du, the founder of the company “Galaktika”, the first to enter into the experiment.
Anatoly Malikov, General Director of agricultural holding "Shakhunskoe moloko": "At the moment we are testing the system, and as far as we know, it is free for us. At least we agreed with this", Malikov said.
Earlier in an interview with The DairyNews Alexey Mikhailov, the owner of the Engelssky dairy plant, talked about the possible increase in costs and losses for producers in case of the introduction of the labeling system.
The pilot project of electronic labeling of dairy products is carried out on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation and is supervised by the Center for the development of advanced technologies. According to the Minister of agriculture of the Russian Federation Dmitry Patrushev, the system will monitor the quality of products "from the field to the counter". The experiment is planned to be carried out until February 19 next year.