According to a poll conducted by the Center for Social Monitoring, only 20.3% of small and medium-sized agricultural enterprises, including farmers, applied for government support programs that operated from 2000 to 2017.
More than a quarter (25.9%) of representatives of small and medium-sized agricultural enterprises, including farmers, reported that they did not hear about any state support programs, while 59% of respondents were generally aware of this issue.
Only 15.1% were well aware of the state programs and showed interest in at least some of them.
Awareness of rural households was even lower, as 61.2% of them did not hear about state support programs at all.
Since the number of applications for state support was insignificant, the survey also examined possible barriers to participation in such programs.
The results of the survey showed that almost half of respondents do not believe in the mechanism of state support, and almost 45% believe that their participation was impossible due to the lack of relevant information.
Every fifth respondent (23%) had experience with bank credit over the past five years. One of fourteen respondents (7%) had experience in leasing equipment during the last two years.
More than one-fifth (20.8%) of surveyed heads of rural households noted that profits from the sale of agricultural products accounted for more than 90% of their income.