Subject The article considers the problem related to inadequate provision of rural areas with piped natural gas, as it hampers the economic growth and the creation of favorable living environment for rural population. Objectives The aim is to reveal the degree of influence of gas infrastructure development on efficiency and effectiveness of agricultural production, sustainability of rural areas in the Central Federal District regions. Methods The study employs the correlation and regression analysis of statistical data, the abstract-logical method, modeling, constructing the correlation field graphs, calculating the coefficients of determination, pair and multiple correlation. Results The obtained results confirmed a sharp differentiation of regions of the Central Federal District by the level of gas infrastructure development in rural areas. The paper shows that there is a strong correlation between the level of gas infrastructure development and the volume of production (agriculture, hunting and forestry), as well as the volume of output per capita. Conclusions It is crucial to allocate funds from the Federal budget, as well as Gazprom funds to the regions of the Central Federal District with the lowest level of piped natural gas supply. This approach will help accelerate the construction and commissioning of gas infrastructure facilities, equalize opportunities of regions in the economy, and create conditions for sustainable development of rural areas.
Keywords: gas infrastructure development, rural areas, production
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