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The President of the Republic began a visit to Põlva County

President Arnold Rüütel and Mrs Ingrid Rüütel today began a two-day visit to Põlva County. The County Governor Urmas Klaas met the Head of State at the border of Põlva County.

The visit started with a meeting at the Põlva County Government where the County Governor, and Manager of Põlva County Development Centre, Kaire Mets, gave an overview of the County's development trends, on-going projects and problems.

Visit to Põlva County 08.-09.06.2005The visit continued with a visit to Nordic Foods AS. Nordic Foods produces ready meals using brand name Maakera, and is totally relying on Estonian capital. The Head of State considered it important to point out that the enterprise, which had launched its production a year ago, was producing meals that were free of conservants and was using local raw materials.

After that, President Rüütel acquainted himself with the activity of Põlva Agro OÜ. Põlva Agro is one of the best dairy farms in Estonia. The managers of the enterprise explained that the accession to the European Union had broadened their investment opportunities and made it possible to improve working conditions.

Meanwhile, Mrs Ingrid Rüütel visited Mesimumm kindergarten in Põlva, where besides giving preschool education, the children are taught to value traditional culture. After that Mrs Rüütel visited Kioma ceramic workshop where the hostess, Marie Juks, spoke about the activity of the family business.

During the visit to Mammaste health trail, the plans of building out a centre of sports for fitness were introduced to the President.

Visit to Põlva County 08.-09.06.2005At Mooste Basic School, the Head of State and Mrs Ingrid Rüütel were met by the head of rural municipality Ülo Needo and the Headmaster Sirje Puniste. The President acquainted himself with Mooste Basic School and the building complex of Mooste Manor. Problems of flax growing and use of flax were discussed at length. The President pointed out that the flax growing in Estonia had long tradition and had good perspective, and would help to diversify agricultural production.

In Ahja, President Rüütel visited Fr Tuglas Museum and the local library.

At the end of the first day of the visit, President Rüütel with Mrs Rüütel visited Maarja Village. The President acknowledged the initiative of establishing Maarja Village and said that the state should assist the young people with intellectual disability to find possibilities for self-realisation.

On Thursday the visit will continue in Kanepi, Räpina and Värska.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, June 8, 2005

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