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Old Believers from South America are looking for land for agriculture in the EAO
23 Old Believers from Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay visited the Jewish Autonomous Region to select lands for return to their historical homeland under the state program of voluntary resettlement of compatriots.
The Jewish Autonomous Region is interesting to the Old Believer primarily from the point of view of the proximity of the markets for the sale of agricultural products to the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. According to the press service of the EAO government, guests were provided with information on the climate, the composition of land in the region, the conditions for agriculture, measures to support agricultural producers. Also, the Old Believers visited the farm of the Birobidzhan district. Farmers showed them their farms, answered questions about yields, profitability of production, availability of varietal seeds, markets for products, including the possibility of deliveries for export.
The authorized agency for interaction, adaptation and support of the Old Believers in the Far East, is defined by the ARCH of the Far East. As the head of the unit for the development of migration and demographic policy of the agency Ivan Efimov noted, currently the issues of allocation of land in a simplified procedure, granting loans on preferential terms are being decided.
As reported by Efimov, from 2009 year to the Far East from South America returned 133 Old Believer. They work on the ground and conduct farming. During this time, they celebrated 9 weddings and the birth of 31 baby.