OREANDA-NEWS The Rosselkhoznadzor in the Moscow region for the first time issued a fine for weeds on the land, the person involved in the history was the company "Junior", which imposed a penalty of 400 thousand rubles. Fines for overgrown with cow parsnip plot in the region came into force in November 2018.

"Audited the compliance of the land legislation of the Russian Federation in respect of LLC "Junior" established the fact of overgrowing weeds and trees and shrubs in the area of 7 ha., LTD. "Junior" brought to administrative responsibility in the form of an administrative fine in the amount of 400 thousand rubles", - said the press service of the Rosselkhoznadzor administration for Moscow city, Moscow and Tula areas. We are talking about plants such as cow parsnip Sosnovsky, field sow Thistle, willow and birch, the report says.

Fines "for cow parsnip" in the Moscow region for individuals range from 2 thousand to 5 thousand rubles, for officials - from 20 thousand to 50 thousand rubles, and for legal entities - from 150 thousand to 1 million rubles. This kind of responsibility exists only in the Moscow region.

In the USSR, cow parsnip from the middle of XX century tried to grow as a forage crop. However, it was soon discovered that the plant is able to spread uncontrollably, and its juice causes inflammation of the skin.

In the suburbs at the end of 2017 it was revealed more than 32 thousand hectares overgrown with cow parsnip. In 2018, the government of the region for the first time in Russia launched a program to combat this weed. It is planned to spend more than 300 million rubles from the regional budget for the relevant activities during this year.

According to the regional Ministry of agriculture and food, for 2018 in the suburbs was processed from cow parsnip 33 thousand hectares of land. However, only 22,881 hectares were included in the "Management" (platform for processing data of the government and municipalities for the formation of statistics) through the ID-contours with the application of photo evidence.