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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Lemons commented on the ban in Russia of Turkish lemons

Rosselkhoznadzor announced the preparation of complete and now the final ban on Turkish fruit and vegetables. Since the introduction of economic sanctions against Turkey until the present day the Russian market had only zucchini, grapefruits and lemons. Still haven’t touched them, because the restriction on imports have been hit hard by the Russian consumer. This is especially true for lemons. Turkey delivers us about 60 thousand tons of fruit, or nearly 90% of consumption.

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In its decision, the Rosselkhoznadzor denies any political motive, citing the failure of the Turkish phytosanitary service: that the agencies regularly identify dangerous pests in the Turkish supplies.

Introduced in late April, a ban on the import of Turkish eggplant was explained just by the presence of the parties, infected with the Western flower thrips. In March, for the same reason, the authorities blocked the road to Russia the peppers and pomegranates from Turkey. And before that was tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, cauliflower and so on. At some point, this whole Saga has acquired even a certain humorous tone, as flower thrips is absolutely in all countries of the world.

Deputy Chairman of the RF CCI Committee for the development of agriculture Pavel Grudinin believes that the import of foreign fruit and vegetables, by definition, should now decline as the season comes to a domestic producer. Sense to import the same zucchini no, soon your will have nowhere to put.

In regard to lemons, according to the interlocutor of “MK”, just changing the provider. Moreover, a new crop of citrus in Turkey will gather in the autumn. “But I am sure that Turkish lemons will still do for us, only, for example, using the nearest neighbor Turkish – Azerbaijan. We’re with him there are no conflicts. The only negative, due to the fact that the supply chain will increase, you will not directly to bring in lemons from Turkey to Russia, while doing it via Azerbaijan, Belarus or Serbia. It is even conceivable that there are those who seek such “curve” the supply chain is very beneficial. Moreover, prices for consumers will grow”, says Grudinin.

By the way, the head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert has already promised that the shortage of lemons in the Russian market will not. The same fruit we started to supply South America.

How a ban on Turkish fruits and vegetables affects the price, well illustrated by the example of tomatoes. Only during the first week of the embargo tomatoes in the Russian shops rose by 7%, for the second week — still at 9% and so on.

On may holidays the tomatoes on the market sold in an average 200-230 rubles per kilogram. “It is clear that such price tags stick due to the lack of the tomatoes. As soon as you begin to Mature Russian vegetables, the cost will go down dramatically. But then again, it is long. Closer to winter, everything will return to normal, because of the greenhouse for import substitution in Russia never built. In a crisis, against the background of a strong fall in consumer demand, investors are simply not profitable to invest in the development of agriculture. Adequate government support in this question, unfortunately, is also missing,” continues Pavel Grudinin.

Chairman of the Board of the Association of peasant farms and agricultural cooperatives of Russia Vyacheslav Telegin considers that the issue of pricing of fruits and vegetables, including stems from the fact that 90% of this production in Russia grows small business with which retailers do not want to deal with, put forward any onerous conditions. For example, the manufacturers of the Astrakhan tomatoes can be purchased for 7 rubles per kilogram, while in Moscow the same tomatoes are sold at $ 100. Suffering as a result of the manufacturer, which earns nothing, and the buyer who overpays at an exorbitant price.

Patriot and lemons

We asked the politician and writer Edward Limonov, is he ready to endure the ban of the famous lemons for the good of the Motherland.

photo: Kirill Iskoldsky
Eduard Limonov

The writer was brief. “You some kind of Hochma do, I see,” he said. – Lemons, lemons, to endure, not to endure, all of this is somehow out of date”.

He added that he buys fruit in the Russian store and not looking where they’re from. “Once they are in the Russian store, so they tested, he concluded. – That’s all I can say.”

The nickname “Lemons” Eduard Savenko made in Kharkov, in the mid-60s (or rather, first “Limonov” was invented by the artist Bakhchanyan during literary games). Own “common Ukrainian surname” Edward Veniaminovich, according to his confession, always depressed. And why he liked lemon writer can not explain: “For unknown to him reasons.”

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