Software import substitution projects that could be co-financed by the government include the introduction of livestock management programs and the development of a pig phone. The projects were presented by the Rusagro group and structures of the Damate holding. The Ministry of Agriculture believes that the implementation of projects will increase the competitiveness of livestock products. Companies claim that they have been switching to domestic solutions for several years, but they are still “not mature enough”.
"Kommersant" got acquainted with the projects of import substitution of specialized software, sent to the Industrial Competence Center (ICC) "Livestock" supervised by the Ministry of Agriculture. The authors of the projects, the Rusagro group and the Tyumen Dairy Farms, which are part of Damate, propose to introduce Russian livestock IT systems to replace the developments from the Slovak Cloudfarms and the American VAS.
Companies are counting on co-financing of developments through grants: Rusagro is asking for 12.5 million rubles. (with a total project cost of 50 million rubles), Tyumen Dairy Farms - 192 million rubles. (out of 240 million rubles). Both projects, according to the documents, were approved by the relevant working group.
ICC unite representatives of different industries that need to replace foreign software, and the Development Competence Centers (CCC) created simultaneously with them bring together software developers by class. 37.1 billion rubles were allocated for import substitution of software, including through the FIC. until 2024, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said in June. Of the 230 projects of the ICC, 162 were approved, and 35 of the 105 projects of the TsKR were approved, follows from the data presented on November 17 by Deputy Head of the Ministry of Digital Development Maxim Parshin.
The Ministry of Agriculture confirmed to Kommersant that the projects analyzed by the ICC "apply for co-financing from the state," and noted that their implementation "helps to increase the competitiveness of Russian products."
The Ministry and representatives of livestock companies discussed the import substitution of specialized software in July (see Kommersant of July 21). Then another co-financing scheme was proposed, different from the ICC line: the ministry offered customers to pay 100% of the cost of creating software, 80% of which would be returned in the form of subsidies. Kommersant sent inquiries to Rusagro and Damate, as well as to the Ministry of Digital Development.
Rusagro, according to the project passport, intends to receive a grant to finalize the “swine phone” - this is how mobile applications for recording events with animals are called in the pig industry. The need to finance the product is justified by the "insufficient maturity of Russian solutions." It is proposed to allocate funds for the Pulse.CSS system of Smart Technologies Invest. Rusagro expects that other industry enterprises will become consumers of the development: the Cherkizovo, Agroeco groups, the Siberian Agrarian Group, Velikoluksky agro-industrial holding. It is planned to complete the project by August 2023, but the Smart Technologies Invest website has already posted the presentation “Pulse.CSS”.
The Tyumen Dairy Farms project involves the introduction of the Selex dairy cattle pedigree system from the Plinor company, which already exists on the market. R-Style Softlab will have to implement the project by June 2025. The lack of a Russian product, the project says, threatens to increase the cost of dairy products and "deteriorate the quality of management decisions." The authors assume that the development can be replicated on 70-80% of the country's dairy market, but the Tyumen Dairy Farms themselves, the document specifies, will not be able to commercialize it. R-Style Softlab told Kommersant that the company is aware of the submission of the project to the ICC.
Livestock companies have been switching to Russian software for several years, “the events of recent months have accelerated this work,” Yury Kovalev, general director of the National Union of Pig Breeders, explained to Kommersant. At the same time, he noted that while domestic developments are actively used in the production of products, the share of foreign software in pig breeding was large. According to the commercial director of the Matrix company (the developer of the PIG ID pigphone) Vera Andryushchenko, the share reached 80%, mainly due to Cloudfarms solutions. Now, she clarifies, the Slovak company has disconnected Russian customers from its services, leaving only the ability to save archived data. The departure of foreign companies, Ms. Andryushchenko noted, “has undermined confidence in cloud services, and companies that are looking for a replacement have begun to rely more often on hosting software on their own facilities.”