WWF-Russia helped to open a new plant for processing and storing harvested wild plants in Kamchatka
The new equipment was purchased as part of the WWF-Russia project aimed at supporting local communities involved in the harvesting and processing of edible wild plants. The WWF-Russia project focuses on the remote areas of Kamchatka. The population in those areas is sparse and legal sources of income are seriously limited, any opportunity to earn an honest living is valuable. The annual harvesting of wild plants is a traditional source of income and food for the local people.
Sweetberry honeysuckle, blueberries and lingonberries can be found in abundance in the vicinity of the village of Atlasovo. The berry picking season lasts about a month. As part of the project, a freezer for storing one and a half metric tons of product and a shock freezer with a capacity of one hundred kilograms per day were purchased for the benefit of local foragers.