2018 – the year of Reindeer Husbandry in the Nenets District of Russia

January 15, 2018 • Alena GerasimovaReindeer Herders
The year of 2018 to be the year of Reindeer Husbandry in the Nenets Autonomous District (NAO)   – this was decided by the residents of the district, given the majority of their votes for this topic” – the acting governor of NAO, Alexander Tsybulsky, wrote on his social network account, while declaring his support for those who showed civic activity by taking part in the survey.     

Naming the theme of the coming year, The new NAO governor also mentioned the first person who had raised the issues of reindeer husbandry, it was Igor Ledkov, deputy chairman of the reindeer herding “Harp” Co., who died in an airсraft accident in the airport of Naryan-Mar.

On behalf of the NAO governor, in January the government authorities of the region will develop and approve the activities plan within the framework of the Year of Reindeer Husbandry announced in the NAO.
Today, the Nenets Autonomous District has more than 7,500 representatives of the indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North – the Nenets, which is 17.83% of the total population of the region. Reindeer herding in NAO employs 870 people, who lead a nomadic and semi-nomadic way of life (reindeer herders and tent-workers). The number of reindeer as of July 1, 2017 is 191.470. Reindeer herding activities in NAO are carried out by 25 enterprises of various forms of ownership. In addition, 11 family tribal communities of indigenous peoples of the North are engaged in reindeer husbandry.

Moreover, according to the news portal “Novosti NAO”, on March 16, 2018 the VI Reindeer Herders Congress of the Nenets Autonomous District will be held. Reindeer herders from all the remote areas of the Nenets Arctic will gather in the capital of NAO to discuss issues that are relevant for the industry and the profession. The Congress of the Nenets reindeer herders is held, as a rule, every three years. This time it will be one of the key events that open the Year of Reindeer Husbandry in the region. The NAO governor has instructed his deputy-governor, Olga Starostina, to develop the plan for the implementation of activities within the framework of the theme year. 

40 delegates from all the 25 reindeer herding enterprises are expeted to participate in the Congress. The goals and objectives of the Congress are to discuss the state and issues of reindeer husbandry in NAO, to determine the main directions and prospects for the development of reindeer herding aimed at preserving, breeding and managing the use of reindeer.

Программа Съезда прорабатывается оргкомитетом в настоящее время. Предварительно отмечено, что оленеводы округа планируют обсудить вопросы господдержки отрасли, подготовки кадров и рационального землепользования.

Now the program of the Congress is being worked through by the organizing committee. It is preliminary noted that the NAO reindeer herders are planning to discuss issues of state support for the husbendry, training of personnel and rational land use.

Resourses : NAO24.ru, Региональный портал Ненецкого АО