Irafskiy District

Description and investment potential of Irafskiy District

The area of the district is 1,376 sq. km.
including:

Population - 15.2 thousand people
Administrative center – the village of Chikola
Population density - 11.1 persons per 1sq. km

Industry

There are large and medium-sized industrial enterprises, producing the following products in Irafskiy District.
SE “Iraf Haberdashery Sewing Factory” - working clothes;
LLC “Chico” - mineral water, beverages, canned products;
Iraf Printing House - letterheads, newspapers;
Iraf Mekhleskhoz - furniture components;
Chikola DRSU - repair of roads;
LLC “Iraf-Agro” – cattle breeding .

In 2008, they produced 473 thousand rubles worth goods of manufacturing industries, which corresponds to 107.3 percent of the corresponding period of the previous year.

Communication

Telephones density per 100 residents is 23.58.
«MegaFon», «MTS», «Beeline» mobile operators’ communication is available.

Agricultural Sector
At the beginning of 2009, the area of the agricultural land amounted to 23,153 ha, including arable land – 9,976 ha, perennials - 124 ha, hayfields – 4,160 ha, pastures – 8,893 ha.
LLC “Iraf-Agro” carried out renovation and modernization of the intensive livestock unit for 1,750 heads. 140 heifers of highly productive Ayrshire breed were delivered from Finland. The overall number of acquired cattle amounted to 215 heads. The company produces sour milk products from natural milk of its own production. Its daily capacity is 5 tons.
There is a modern enterprise JSC “Chico” in the district producing high-quality water “Irafskaya.” Due to its stable chemical composition and unique taste the water was granted the golden quality mark. Besides, this enterprise produces soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. It also produces canned vegetables (capacity - 5 MUC (million of unified canes) per year).
There are 4 bread-making enterprises with the daily capacity of 2 tons of bakery products.
Climatic conditions and the availability of mountain grasslands and pastures facilitate breeding and fattening of meat breeds of cattle, as well as development of sheep breeding.

Investment Potential

Irafskiy district is one of the most promising districts for the development of tourism and small hydroenergetics.
In the framework of the federal target program “The South of Russia (2008-2012)”, it is foreseen to develop mining and recreational complex “Digoria” in Irafskiy district. This project includes reconstruction of the roads Chikola - Matsuta - Comy-Art with the junction to the village of Galiat; renovation of the power supply systems, gas supply of the mountain-recreational complex, construction of hotel complexes and the facilities of the service sector. The total project cost is $ 5,826.5 million.
In the basin of the Urukh-river in the territory of the district, it is planned to build 17 minihydro power plants with the total capacity of 240 MW and the annual power generation of 980 million kWh. The project value is 10 billion rubles. In 2009, the first (Fasnalskiy) minihydro power plants with the capacity of 6.4 mW was commissioned.
The district has significant reserves of high quality clay for the development of brick production. A promising field for investing activities is the creation of production facilities for manufacturing limestone and building materials on the bases of Kaluhskiy deposit of nonmetallic materials. The value of the investment project is 460.9 million rubles. It is also possible to extract and bottle quality drinking water.

Employment
As of 01/01/2009, the number of unemployed in Irafskiy District registered with the Employment Service was 724 persons.
The average monthly salary as of 01/01/2009 was 7,374.5 rubles (in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania – 9,073.3 rubles).

Utilities in housing facilities: 
cold water - 97.2%;
sewerage - 96.5%;
central heating - 97.3%;
hot water - 97.3%;
gas - 99.5%.