What is “Far Eastern Hectare?”
Since October 1, the program was expanded, with residents of the Far East given the chance to receive a piece of land in their own region.
Starting February 1, 2017 people from across the country are given the chance to join the program.
An application form can be filled in on a special website “надальнийвосток.рф” (translated as “ToTheFarEast.RF” in English). Then an applicant can chose any available land lot on a virtual map.
How to get the legal things done
Three years after signing the contract, the applicant is to submit to the authorities a report on how the land lot is used. If the use is legal and productive, applicants can register the lot as their property or lease it for two more years.
Families can fill out a collective application which will enable them to get a broader land lot at the rate of one hectare per one Russian citizen. The number of relatives eligible to make a collective application is limited to 10 persons.
What can be done there?
However, the state practically does not restrict the scope of the land’s use, unless it is for unlawful purposes or is a part of the Forest Fund or a Water Protection Zone.
The site of the Far Eastern Hectare Project even publishes samples of ready-made business models with indications of minimal initial capital required to settle a poultry farm, production of bottled water, an apiary, fishing or hunting farm and many more. However, the costs are high. Even a modest rabbit farm will cost three million rubles (about US $50,000).
Poor infrastructure in these nearly uninhabited territories is the main obstacle now. But if 20 or more owners of the Far Eastern Hectares settle in the neighborhood they can ask local authorities for assistance in territory planning, transport and social infrastructure construction.
Moving expenses reimbursement
The state subsidy for farmers is 1.5 million rubles (about US $25,000). Another supportive measure is concessional lending to small businesses signed up for the Far Eastern Hectare program with a minimal lending limit of 10 million rubles (about US $166,000) and an interest rate up to 10.6% per annum. Lax mortgage lending with an interest rate of 4% per annum will also be available.
Local residents say the main risk for the frontiersmen of “the Wild East” is the climate of the region which has extremely hot summers and severe winters with floods and droughts following in rotation.
Will there be enough for all?
According to the law, the land lots will be available till 2035. According to the Agency, the suburbs of the city of Vladivostok are going to be the only deficit territory. It is close to the coast line, also has the best developed infrastructure, and has already caught the interest of Moscow and Saint Petersburg residents.
The first ten million frontiersmen
According to another poll, local residents of the Far East are not inclined to give the frontiersmen a hostile reception. They consider free distribution of lands to be a measure that will contribute much to the economic development of the region.