Administrative center: Naberezhniye Chelny
Area: 1730 sq.km
The Eastern Trans-Kama lands are not only beautiful, but also rich in coal beds and peat bogs, limestone and precast concrete. The Lower Kama National Park and Borovetsky forest are located here as well.
Tukayevsky rayon is a municipal unit in the north-east of Tatarstan, with the city of Naberezhnye Chelny as its administrative center.
The rayon comprises the total of 88 settlements. Its coat of arms symbolically indicates the importance of the rayon for the socio-economic life of Tatarstan. The centerpiece, a gold Arslan (lion), the king of beasts, stands for power and strength, confidence and courage. The wooden shaft and seven silver towels attached are symbols of friendship among the multinational population of the region, united by traditions of ethnic and religious tolerance.
Like many rayons of Tatarstan, Tukayevsky has a large number of archaeological sites dating from the Neolithic period and later, from the Bolgar, the Golden Horde and Khanate periods.
Originally known as Chelninsky, on April 20, 1976 (the 90th anniversary of the Tatar poet G. Tuqay’s birth) the rayon was renamed Tukayevsky. In those years, a world-famous Kama Automobile Plant rose on the banks of the mighty river. Due to the rapid growth of its center, the rayon in the 1970s faced the challenge of a radical infrastructural reform of its agricultural capabilities. Agriculture has always been the basic profile of the rayon’s economy. The cultivated crops include wheat, rye, buckwheat, rapeseed, sunflower, potatoes, sugar beets and corn. Livestock breeding specializes in beef and dairy cattle, poultry, swine breeding and beekeeping.
The agro-industrial complex of Tukayevsky rayon employs cutting-edge technologies. Its supplies account for over 50% of poultry and 42% of pork produced in the whole Republic of Tatarstan.
In 2012, a seed plant was completed, working at the total capacity of 40,000 tons per year. Its main specialty are the unique and elite seeds of various crops, which will allow to increase the ultimate yield by 15%. A lot of attention is paid to improving business in rural areas and the development of private farmsteads. About 2,000 large, medium and small enterprises have been registered in the rayon. Foodstuffs and food processing industry account for a significant share (over 53%) in the overall industrial output.
The social sector is actively developing as well. Each year, more than 300 houses are built (with the total living area of 45,000 square meters).
25 schools and the same number of preschool institutions are operating in the rayon, as well as the Center for Extracurricular Activities.
Healthcare is provided at the Central hospital, four ambulance stations and 59 medical and obstetrics stations. The rayon has 23 rural houses of culture and 31 community centers, as well as Children’s art school and a Center for culture and leisure. The Hindu Kush museum runs a permanent exposition on the veteran soldiers of World War II and the war in Afghanistan. The museum is actively involved in civic education and search for WWII casualties which went MIA.
In the home village of the famous Tatar singer Ilham Shakirov, Yanga Bulak, a memorial museum was started. Alongside with a collection of the singer’s memorabilia, the museum hosts marriage registrations and babies-naming ceremonies.
The rayon is home to many artistic collectives, including 12 folk bands, choreography groups and amateur theatrical troupes.
28 gyms and the Yashlek (Youth) sports facility are open to the lovers of sports and physical culture. Fans of hockey and other team games are welcomed at 116 sports grounds and hockey rinks.
The social care system is represented in the rayon by a home for elderly and disabled people and the Shafkat Social Services Center.