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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Turkish fruits and vegetables return to Russian shops in autumn

Improvement of political relations of Russia and Turkey can have an impact on the decline in the prices of vegetables and fruits, which we imported from this country. For statistics: in 2014, the Turkish share in total volume of Russian edible imports was 4.3 per cent. Then the main articles of import were fruits, fruits, nuts — 46,9%, including citrus (23,0%) and grapes (10,8%); vegetables — 34,0%, including tomatoes (24,9%); sunflower seeds (4.7 per cent). In the end, the Turkish vegetables accounted for 20% of the total volume of these exports to Russia.

Photo: flickr / David Stanley

The ban on import of Turkish vegetable products in Russia were from two sides — from the government, such as tomatoes, Rosselkhoznadzor, banned a number of agricultural products, including salads, due to their infestation by pests.

Import was permitted only lemons, imported from Turkey, we depend on 90%, and zucchini.

However, the prohibitions of the Russian government and of the Rosselkhoznadzor easily treated. The easiest way to master the delivery of these products via Belarus, where simply glue the tabs.

As noted in the “MK” on one of Moscow’s markets in early June this year were sold cherries labeled “Grown in Namibia, where this berry, in principle, not cultivated. Experts explain this miracle is simple: Belarus became a springboard for the repair of the labels on the food products manufactured in the EU and in Turkey. Recall that in the case of countries like the European Union and Turkey, there is a strict Russian food embargo.

By the way, according to experts, up to half of the consumption in Russia of salad on the paper is made in Belarus. Not coincidentally, the Rosselkhoznadzor, in recent years, increasingly stricter mechanisms for tracking shipments of fruits and vegetables from the EU and Turkey.

The lifting of sanctions against products from the EU, apparently, will have to wait quite a long time — from 6 months to a year and a half. But the improvement of political relations with Ankara, you can expect the barriers to the supply of Turkish vegetables and fruits will be eliminated this fall.

If this happens, then at least a small reduction in price number of popular in our country products, we will see. By the way, no wonder the Ministry of economic development a few weeks ago, predicted that in August of this year inflation will be 0%. Apparently, the Ministry Alexei Ulyukayev suggested that Erdogan will go back on their word.

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