According to Alexei Kostin, minister of investment development and business of the region, the association is designed to give the citizens an opportunity to purchase cheaper and better products from manufacturers.
He explained that buyers can make an order at Burtas.ru website, after which the manufacturers will deliver products to Penza.
“Further on, we will develop it and revive the network of area consumer societies,” Alexei Kostin said.
The minister noted that so far the project gathered 12 people, but in the future this number will increase significantly, as the proposed labor division, when the farmer produces and the cooperative sells, is effective than trading at different fairs.
In turn, Alexei Khramov, chairman of cooperative stressed that “Burtas” as a non-profit organization aims not at profit, but at meeting the needs of farmers in the marketing of goods, and residents in quality and natural products.
He added that any citizen can purchase products through the cooperative, but the people who would join the association as shareholders, will receive preference.
“Entering the cooperative, a shareholder makes a contribution to the development of the association. At the end of the year, at the general meeting, the profit of the cooperative will be counted, and depending on the amount of purchased goods, the shareholders will receive the difference between the purchase price from the farmer and the selling price minus the overhead. It is beneficial being a shareholder because the entrance fee paid at the initial stage is basically a loan to the cooperative for development, which then returns,” Alexei Khramov explained.
Currently the website of “Burtas” has six sections — poultry, milk and cheese, egg, meat delicatessen, convenience foods, and honey.
Thus, Penza residents can purchase goose and duck meat at 350 rubles per kg, milk at 50 rubles per liter, kefir — 120 rubles, yogurt — 160 rubles, and the rustic butter — 410 rubles per kg.
In addition, chicken egg is offered at 70 rubles per dozen.
Among meat delicacies there are sausages at 450 rubles.
As noted on the website, “the cost of natural rustic products is a little over the industrial price,” which, according to the cooperative participants, is justified.
The option of free shipping is provided for orders of over 800 rubles, otherwise the customer pays 100 rubles.